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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Help sought in 1973 cold case

  • This coming Sunday, Aug. 4, will mark 40 years since the 1973 homicide of Teresa Sue “Tess” Hilt, of Chillicothe.
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  • This coming Sunday, Aug. 4, will mark 40 years since the 1973 homicide of Teresa Sue “Tess” Hilt, of Chillicothe.
    Tess, then just 22, had graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in May of 1973 with a degree in elementary education and had started work on her master’s degree while staying in Maryville over that summer.  She was found brutally stabbed in her north Maryville apartment.
    Recent events such as the posting of a Facebook page in her honor have yielded some new information and re-stimulated the investigative efforts.  “Friends” of the Facebook have speculated and wondered what the life of Tess might have been over the last 40 years had her life not been abruptly and prematurely ended.
    Police are still hopeful that a missing puzzle piece might be supplied that could bring justice to Tess even after all these many years, according to Keith Wood, director of public safety in Maryville, Mo.
    “Somebody, someplace knows something that could still bring  closure in this case,” he stated.
    Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact Maryville Public Safety at  660-562-3209 or confidentially supplied to Tips4Tess@aol.com.
    Further information may be obtained via Tess Hilt Facebook page, justicefortess.com and defrostingcoldcases.com.

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