“During the execution of the search warrant, a large amount of blood was found in several locations on the ceiling in the master bedroom,” an officer wrote in his report. “The carpet flooring, exterior windows and interior door in the master bedroom had recently been replaced.” Officers say the ceiling had been cleaned and the ceiling texture was removed to hide the visibility of blood stains.
Neighbor Mary Stellick says the sudden remodeling across the street puzzled her. “They were changing the windows out and you could tell the windows they were putting in were too small,” Stellick said. “I thought that ‘doesn't make sense.’”
Stellick then learned Anderson, who was last seen at the mobile home on Akita Run, was reported missing February 25th. “They are not going to find him alive. He was an insulin dependent diabetic,” Stellick said. “It's been too long. With as much blood they said they found over there, there is no way he can be alive. I just want closure for the family.”
Anderson's sister, Vicky Lewallen, remains hopeful but says officers may now be searching for remains. “My whole world has been turned upside down,” Lewallen said. “We want to know what happened to him. Because of some of the evidence that's been found, I don't suspect it will turn out to be good news.”
Officers say they found a large amount of blood inside the home where Teri Lynn Dean-Morrison, Eugene Crider and Cheryl Crawford were last seen with Anderson. According to a test at the crime lab, blood collected from the ceiling matched Anderson's DNA. “When he wasn't home on Friday, I could feel it in my heart that something happened to him,” Lewallen said. Officers also discovered a broken window frame with dried blood, broken door frame with dried blood and broken piece of wooden trim with dried blood in the laundry room.
Prosecutors charged Dean-Morrison, Crider and Crawford with tampering with physical evidence. “It’s not enough,” Lewallen said. “It's really not.” Family members say they can't rest until they find Anderson. “If they know anything or if they think they might know something, please call the sheriff's department and tell them,” Lewallen said.
Officers say when they searched the home they found receipts that show cleaning supplies were bought 24 hours after the last known contact with Anderson. Officers got video footage of Dean-Morrison and Crider purchasing the items used to conceal the blood. “Just tell his momma where she can bury her baby,” Stellick said. “Don't just let her sit and grieve. She's already lost so much so far.”
All three people charged in the case are in jail. Because the Stone County Jail only has one woman's cell block, officers transported Cheryl Crawford to the Barry County Jail. Investigators did not want Crawford and Dean -Morrison in the same cell block.