Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on August 19, 1990 · 9
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 9

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Sunday, August 19, 1990
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39A I AUGUST 19, 1990 - SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR FROM PAGE 1 AC From Cutshall- nected to her disappearance. "Phelps and Kermit Baumgartner lived together in the same building as Roger Cutshall the summer of 1987. Both reportedly met Jill then. Police had interviewed both mea Roy Stephens, a private investigator on the case since the beginning, pursued the lead, too, knowing his own secret a 1976 prison stint for burglary could be revealed and be could be blackmailed. "I've put everything on the line for Jill," said Stephens, who last year made public his past, returning the detective's license he falsely obtained. The burly, bearded investigtor believed his own history pve him an edge. "I mow Dotnr sides of the law," he said. In January 1989, Stephens drove Phelps to the wildlife refuge where a hunter discovered Jill's clothes in 1987. He handed him a shovel. He asked him to help find JilL , f All he keeps David Phelps saying is, 'I don't know anything,' " Stephens recalled. "I keep saying, 'You do.'" Stephens, accompanied by a partner, said he then fired a gun in the air. Frustration, he said, not a threat He claimed Phelps led them to a nearby cemetery, dug in one spot, then told him he and Baumgartner had taken Jill to the refuge and even described her clothes and underwear. Stephens had Phelps repeat his statement to an Omaha TV crew waiting nearby. The investigator says he didnt go to the police, fearing they'd reject the information. Baumgartner, who lives in California, has denied wrongdoing. When police questioned Phelps, he recanted, claiming his statements were made under duress. No body, no confession, no charges. Phelps was a free man. He soon left town. So did Baumgartner, who'd also been questioned by authorities. 'I need to fight "I was empty," Cutshall recalled. "Whatever there is inside of me that says ... 'I need to fight I need to go on' that was gone." She'd lost her faith, too, in the police. "There were major screw-ups," she said. Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner disagreed, noting thousands of hours were spent interviewing hundreds of people and pursuing leads in several states. "There was some outstanding police work done in this investigation," he said. "It is by far the longest, most in-depth case that the police division here has ever faced (and) by far the most frustrating case." ' ' Last summer, when Mizner placed Jill's case on semi-active status, Cutshall was outraged. ; " Ice cream is the newest shortage for Muscovites MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet capital, which often boasts of having the world's best ice cream, has a shortage in these waning days of summer, a newspaper reported Friday. Ice cream kiosks on street corners and city parks have been displaying "No Ice Cream" signs, although they continue to sell souvenirs, marshmallows, chocolates and other candies, Komso- molskaya Pravda reported. Ice cream is still available at foreign outlets, such as the Baskin-Robbins stores in the Rossia Hotel and on the Arbat pedestrian mall, or the Soviet- Swiss joint venture Pinguin. But lines are long and prices are high for Muscovites who have always taken pride in their own ice cream, which they buy in paper-wrapped slabs or on sticks, rather than in cones. Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted Mos- gortorg, the Directorate for State-Run Trade in Moscow, as saying two of the three ice cream-making factories in Moscow are closed for repairs this sum mer. One might reopen early next month, it said. Garden hoses banned in rare Britain drought LONDON (AP) - Julio Sastre says he often gets dirty looks from the neighbors when he waters his garden. A ban on garden hoses is in force in drought-hit Kent county and other parts of southern England, and Sastre says suspicious minds do not believe that he is simply using water recycled from his bath and kitchen. Drought? In rainy England? Yes in deed. Some areas have gone 36 straight days without rain, and 18 million people are under the so-called hosepipe ban. Temperatures of more than 85 degrees are turning parts of the green and pleas ant land a depressing brown. Says Sastre, who lives in the Kent vil lage of Borstal: "We never thought we would have to pray for rain. Some showers fell on Kent on Tues day but hardly made a difference, said Chris Lakeland of the London Weather Center. Rainfall is 54 percent below normaL "If you cannot rely on people that you're supposed to be able to rely on to do the job, I guess the old adage is ... 'Do it yourself.'" She began. Cutshall discovered that under Nebraska law, authorities had to convene a grand jury if presented with petitions from at least 10 percent of county voters participating in the last gubernatorial election. - In December, while others shopped for Christmas gifts, she collected signatures. While the local mall was being decorated, she was setting up a table and banner reading: "Jin Cutshall Needs A Grand Jury." 1,471 signatures A dozen volunteers gathered signatures at the mall and braved blizzards to collect more door-to-door. Petitions were presented to authorities on Feb. 20 the day after Jill's birthday "my gift to her," her mother sakL ' Authorities, she said, certified 1,471 signatures, hundreds more than needed. In June, a grand jury indicted Phelps on charges of abduction with intent to commit sexual assault Last month, he was returned to Nebraska from Iowa, and pleaded Innocent He is being held on $100,000 bond. Baumgartner wasnt charged. Stephens, who keeps a picture of Jul on his desk, says he wont rest until he finds her. He heads investigations for the Missing Youth Foundation, a nonprofit group founded after Jill's disappearance that boasts of having brought home 17 children since January 1989. Start life over Cutshall hopes the Nov. S trial win help her and Jeff, 14, start over. Jeff, who saw himself as Jill's protec tor, has endured his own hell with schoolmates' taunts of "We know where your sister is." He even talked of suicide. For a year after Jill's disappearance, Joyce Cutshall wrote her letters. Part of the first one seems prophetic. "There is a part of me that is gone. I hope you are doing OK, sweet pea," she wrote. "I know you feel inside how special you are to me. I could never ask for a better daughter than the one I'm blessed with. If I can't find yon soon, rm afraid IH never see you again." Three years later, Joyce CutshaH's heart still needs to convince her head. "I absolutely have to be able to have her in a place where I can make that contact with her," she says. "Until I can do this, there's a chance she's still alive. That's my mother's side. She's out there lost waiting to be found. 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