Article about Joey Offutt

I found this anniversary article about Joey Offutt, who’s been missing since early July 2007. She disappeared under bizarre circumstances. She was a single parent of three children; one of them was a six-week-old baby, one was a toddler and one was school-age.

On July 12, Joey’s house was set on fire in the middle of the night. When the fire department arrived and put out the fire, they found the body of Joey’s baby boy in the bathtub. He had been dead since before the fire started but no cause of death could be established. Joey’s older children were fortunately staying with relatives at the time. Joey was last seen on July 4, that is to say, over a week before the fire started.

I haven’t seen a lot of press attention about this, and the police seem to be keeping whatever they know to themselves. I haven’t heard any serious suggestions that Joey was the one who killed her son, set the fire and ran off. Her family believes she was probably kidnapped. They described her as a religious woman and a devoted parent who wouldn’t have abandoned her family.

I really hope this case is solved sooner rather than later. It is, after all, probably a double homicide.

10 thoughts on “Article about Joey Offutt

  1. Princess Shantae August 1, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    Very wierd. If she killed the baby you’d think she’d kill herself too. I mean thats how that usually plays out.
    The family says she wasn’t the type to go off and leave her kids but isn’t that what they always say? Even where the person turns out to have run off on their own the family always says they would never leave their kids and so on.

    • Meaghan August 1, 2010 / 6:52 pm

      It seems unlikely that if Joey had killed her son and then run away, that she would be able to remain hidden this long.

  2. Kat August 1, 2010 / 9:56 pm

    She seemed kind of naive and a bit flaky to me, three kids, no dads, but they are always “good girls” and “religious”. They should be looking at who she was hanging out with. Sounds like she was being kind to someone, maybe took them in, and paid for it big time. But I agree, she did not seem to be able to survive this long on her own. What surprises me still is the lack of progress in her case. Seems like a wealth of evidence. And yes, I do realize I’m opening myself up to a host of slamming comments. Commence.

  3. Princess Shantae August 2, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    I seen girls with 10 different kids by 14 daddies and people still talk about how religious they are.
    And do you notice every time you have like an Andrea Yates or Ottie Sanchez type story, everyone always says how religious they were? I say a new mother who is big into religion is trouble waiting to happen. Luckily they don’t usualy get in trouble but still.
    (For the record Andrea yates drowned all five of her kids and Ottie Sanchez killed her baby and ate parts of him)

    • Meaghan August 2, 2010 / 5:45 pm

      Andrea Yates was also batshit crazy. I contributed to her defense fund.

  4. Princess Shantae August 2, 2010 / 11:15 pm

    Not so crazy she didn’t wait till her husband was at work and before his mom came to help her. And not so crazy she didn’t chase down the biggest kid when he saw what she did. As crazy as she needed to be.

    • Meaghan August 2, 2010 / 11:55 pm

      On the contrary, that shows just how crazy she was — truly crazy people think and plot in a calm and rational manner how to do the most irrational things possible. I know because I once was one.

  5. Rosa Offutt June 23, 2011 / 6:33 pm

    please let me know if there are any other comments

  6. Cathlyn April 27, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    I knew Joey. She dated my ex. She was a sweet woman. She tended to date the wrong men. I have been following this since a mutual friend brought this to my attention after losing contact with her. I hope they find some sort of answer for those kids and the family.

    • Meaghan April 27, 2012 / 10:33 pm

      This is a very strange, sad case.

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