It is getting very difficult to write about certain cases and this is one of them. Vicky brought this one to my attention. It took place in 2007 and is just about to go to trial. It is one of the abuse, torture and rape of a nine year old girl, not by just one sexual pervert but by two who deserve to rot in hell. This is the sad story of Rowan Ford. I will caution you that it is graphic and it will be hard to read what took place. I will be using strong language as I cannot sugar coat my feelings. There is also strong language in Rowan’s story which I have copied from another site and will supply my source. It will give you an insight on what exactly took place with this innocent child.
Here is the young girl…notice her unkempt appearance…Rowan Damia Ford ~ April 11, 1998 – November 3, 2007
Stella, MO – One year ago today, on November 3, 2007, nine-year-old Rowan Damia Ford was brutally raped and murdered by her mother’s best friend, Chris Collings, and her stepfather, David Wesley Spears. One year ago today, Rowan was dumped in a sinkhole and left to rot while her mother looked for her and her stepfather said she’d gone over to a friend’s house. One year ago today, Rowan’s life ended – but her story had just begun. When a child dies, people use words like “angel” and “legacy”. When a child goes missing, people suddenly have a clarity of memory they never had before. In Rowan’s case, she was reported missing just before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 3 – by which time she’d been dead over twelve hours. Rowan had taken to sleeping in the back of her mother’s car some time before. Colleen Spears worked the overnight shift at Wal-Mart, and Rowan, the youngest of Colleen’s children and the only one still living at home, was uncomfortable in the house with her stepfather David Spears, 25.
This is Christopher Collings and Rowan’s mother’s best friend. He needs to be strung up by the balls and tortured, the rotten low life.
Rowan had recurrent cases of head and body lice that resulted in a referral to family services, where no signs of abuse were found and Colleen was basically told to get the problem taken care of. Rowan had lice when her body was found. But teachers remembered Rowan as a model student, a perfect angel, a sweet child who loved Hannah Montana and her new bike, which she rode around town for hours on end. Church members at the Baptist church where Rowan attended Sunday school alone noted that the little girl was often at the doors hours early. She found ways to volunteer, helping with the Angel Food program at church, passing out groceries for hours there. Until Rowan went missing, nobody apparently wondered why a little girl, disheveled and unkempt, would spend so much time on her own away from home.
While 44-year-old Colleen Spears worked overnights to support her much younger, unemployed, morbidly obese spouse, David Spears and Chris Collings were likely sexually abusing the child.
The details of the murder are graphic and horrifying, so I’ll just hit the highlights. On the night of November 2 and into the morning of November 3, Chris Collings went to the Spears home and took little Rowan from her bed. He took her to a trailer on property in Barry County which was owned by his father, Poncho Collings. There, Chris Collings proceeded to rape Rowan. Chris Collings is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs around 250 pounds.
Shortly after the rape began, David Spears showed up and rather than saving his stepdaughter from the brutal assault, the 400-pound man dropped his drawers and joined in the rape. By the time they were finished, Rowan was bleeding to death. The men responded by strangling the child with a cord used to tie up goats in the yard, and sometime in the early hours of November 3, Rowan was dead.
Here is David Spears, the rotten bastard stepfather who also tortured and raped Rowan.
David Spears went home and called his mother Myrna Spears to come to the house, telling her he had errands to run. He borrowed her truck, and left. Myrna Spears apparently never looked in on the ostensibly-sleeping Rowan during the five or six hours she was at the home. (Yeah, I call shenanigans too. I still think Spears told his mama he was in trouble and she covered his ass.) During those hours, Rowan’s body was dumped in the McDonald County sinkhole, ten miles away.
At first, David Spears claimed that Rowan had awakened him early Saturday morning and told him she was going to a friend’s house. Colleen Spears saw no reason to disbelieve her husband and waited several hours before even looking for the child. When there was still no sign of Rowan by 6:45 p.m., Colleen called the Newton County sheriff’s office and reported Rowan missing.
From the beginning, Colleen was cooperative. David Spears was not. Ken Copeland, the Newton County sheriff, is a soft spoken, kind man who works with children at his church – but he’s not a stupid guy. Copeland described Spears as “less than helpful” on more than one occasion, and people close to the sheriff said that Ken knew David Spears was involved on day one of the investigation.
A week later, McDonald County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Boles was helping with the search when he remembered about a sinkhole where he used to play. Boles and another deputy stopped by on the way to work the next morning. Using a rope, and flashlight, and a buddy to hold the rope, Boles lowered himself into the sinkhole and saw the mostly nude, bloodied body of Rowan Ford.
Chris Collings and David Spears were arrested, and each charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and first-degree statutory sodomy. They’ve been held without bond since their arrests. Colleen Spears obtained a divorce within weeks of Rowan’s death and has since changed her name.
You can read more here at SOURCE
It appears the trial is due to go forward now after delays with regards to a change of venue. You can read about that HERE
PS, since Vicky is familar with this case, she will be filling us in from time to time with more details. Thanks, Vick.