Husband arrested in wife, daughter's 1986 disappearance

Thursday, May 28, 2009 | 4:08 p.m. CDT; updated 4:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 28, 2009

This story has been updated to correct the name of Ronald Wrisinger's current place of residence, Marble Falls, Ark.

RICHMOND — A man whose wife and daughter disappeared from their western Missouri home in 1986 has been arrested in Arkansas.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 67-year-old Ronald D. Wrisinger was arrested Wednesday at his home in Marble Falls, Ark., on two counts of first-degree murder.

Forty-year-old Sherry K. Wrisinger and 16-year-old Johnna D. Wrisinger disappeared on June 6, 1986, from their home in Richmond and have not been seen or heard from since. Richmond is about 45 minutes northeast of Kansas City.

Ronald Wrisinger waived extradition in Arkansas and will be returned to Missouri. He is being held in Boone County jail in Harrison.


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betty grigsby May 28, 2009 | 9:25 p.m.

As a resident of Richmond, it's about time. I went to school with one of the other children who did survive and I always felt that something was wrong and they did just did not disappear on their own. Sherry and Johnna were very friendly people and would not have gone away without telling the other child where they had gone, or their friends. I only lived two streets over from where they used to live. Let justice be served.

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jessica trammell May 29, 2009 | 9:43 a.m.

I have family members who lived next door to Ron and his new wife. Noone knew anything about this. It is very scary to know that there is someone like this living next door to the people you care about most. We are thankful to now know the truth. I just feel for the people that he has hurt, the victims family. Our prayers to them.

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