Trial in 1984 Missouri teenager's death moved to new county

August 16, 2018 - 9:07 pm

The trial of a man facing a capital murder charge in the 1984 death of a Missouri teenager has been moved to a different county.

The trial of Martin Priest, 59, in the death of Tammy Sue Rothganger, 15, of Eldon has been moved from Miller to Laclede County. Rothganger disappeared while walking to school in May 1984. A friend reported seeing the girl getting into a car with an unidentified man and Priest, who was her mother's boyfriend. Her remains were never found.

Priest was charged in 2016 while serving a life sentence in Kansas for a different murder.

The Camdenton Lake News Leader reports in the early to mid-1980s, authorities in Missouri and Kansas linked Priest to five deaths, but prosecutors gained only one conviction that was upheld.

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