Murdered In Missouri – The Geneva Phelps Hastings Mystery – Part 1



A new teenaged mother goes out to see her friends at an outdoor party near Wolf Creek, MO. She wouldn’t make it home. Who stabbed this young mother? Forty years later and no one is talking.

Geneva Phelps Hastings, 18 was a kindhearted teenager growing up in rural Missouri. She surprised everyone when she announced her pregnancy. It hadn’t been planned, and she didn’t have a steady boyfriend at the time. Strangely, the beautiful blond headed mother-to-be didn’t talk much about the baby’s father. No one knows why, but Hastings wasn’t going to let it bother her. She got an apartment, and when the baby came, she was ready. The family rallied around the young mother and life was pleasant.

Three weeks after the birth of her baby on June 27, 1975, Geneva was ready to go out and see her friends. She left her little boy with her mother and traveled to Wolf Creek where a large group of teens had an outdoor party. Several witnesses recalled seeing her there and also witnessed her leaving. Nothing seemed abnormal or troublesome, but that would be the last time anyone saw the young mother alive.

Later that evening, Tom Phelps, Geneva’s stepfather was returning home when he noticed her car abandoned by the side of the road. He stopped thinking she was having car trouble, but she was nowhere to be found. Perhaps she had walked on to the house, but she wasn’t there either.

Five days later Geneva’s body was found off lover’s lane near Pine Valley Rd. It was apparent that more than one person had pulled the woman through the woods from her car and beat her to the ground before stabbing her with a small weapon.

In 1975, the local police immediately began to look into the stepfather and unfortunately although he had an airtight alibi they never looked at anyone else. Now with a new sheriff, the case has been resurrected. Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs says it’s clear that the officials were focused on Tom Phelps from the very beginning and never looked elsewhere. Dobbs has completely taken Phelps off the suspect list and has started the investigation anew. Surprisingly, he believes the teenager may have been targeted because of her child. What are the secrets that lurk in the father’s story? Dobbs is determined to find answers before Geneva’s aged mother runs out of time.

If you have any information on this case, please contact the Butler County Sherrif’s Department (573) 686-8070.


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