The disappearance of Cassidy Rainwater is heartbreaking and very disturbing. And if the chatter is true, it's the kind of stuff that happens in horror movies.
Cassidy was reported missing by a family member in August but reports say she was last seen on July 25th. James David Phelps, 58, told investigators that he was helping the 33-year-old woman "get back on her feet" and that she had been living in the loft area of his cabin at 386 Moon Valley Road. He told law enforcers he last saw Cassidy when she walked down his driveway in the middle of the night on July 25th, according to court documents.
Phelps' cabin has a Lebanon address, but it is near Windyville, a small town in southwest Missouri that is reported to be haunted and that locals call Spookyville.
Cassidy Rainwater was very familiar with the area around Moon Valley Road as her family once owned land not far from the last place she was reportedly seen, according to a former neighbor.
This case broke wide open after the FBI received a tip from an anonymous source who had evidence of a partially clothed woman being held in a cage and tortured on the dark web. A source close to the investigation says the FBI used software that uses pixels and matches skin tones and contacted the Dallas County Sheriff's Office on September 16th after finding a possible match to Cassidy's missing person's report.
The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, says police became suspicious of Phelps when they interviewed him on September 16th "because he was acting weird." They walked to the back of the cabin and saw meat hooks in the bathroom through a window. Law enforcers then asked a judge for a search warrant.
When they kicked in Phelps' door the following morning they allegedly found him eating a sandwich with human remains. He allegedly laughed and told investigators that he had served human ribs to an unsuspecting neighbor a few days prior.
During their search, cops allegedly found vacuum-sealed body parts with detailed labels in a freezer and seven photos of Cassidy in a cage on Phelps' phone.
|James D. Phelps (l) Timothy Norton|
If this case has not already become federal it soon could be as authorities believe that Phelps' alleged accomplice, Timothy Leroy Norton, 56, who is an over-the-road truck driver, may have transported victims across state lines.
On September 19th, investigators interviewed Norton who told them that he lived in his truck at the Moon Valley property, even when he was off the road. When investigators re-interviewed him on September 20th he told them that he helped Phelps restrain Cassidy at the property and he was arrested. Another source says cops allegedly found human remains in some trailer tanks on the property.
Another source tells me that at least one set of partial remains have been recovered so far at Phelps' property and authorities believe there could be at least 13 other sets of remains at this property...and some of them could have been missing for decades.
Investigators are also interested in property near Preston that belongs to one of Phelps' family members.
There has been speculation on the online forum Reddit that there could be a possible connection to a van recovered on Phelps' property and the nearly 30-year-old mysterious disappearances of Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter, and Stacy McCall in the Springfield 3 case.
|Pictures coming out of the Moon Valley Road investigation do show at least one van recovered from Phelps' property|
Online sleuths are also paying close attention to this case and a possible connection to, Echo Lloyd, 47, who went missing on Mother's Day 2020 from Edwards, Missouri, which is about an hour-and-a-half away from the crime scene on Moon Valley Road.
Fate can be brutal sometimes. Rainwater's mother, Tracy Wahwassuck, was reported missing by her boyfriend, Leonard "Len" Couch, in 2007. Her remains were found not far from Couch's residence in 2008, an area that had already been searched, according to a family member who wishes to remain anonymous.
|Tracy Denise Wahwassuck|
Some people are asking about Cassidy's son. The family member told me he is safe.
This case is still breaking and will be updated as details become available.