Feature story on Missouri’s second “missing trio”

The Hannibal Courier-Post has done this three-page story on the 1967 disappearances of Craig Dowell and the brothers Joey and Billy Hoag. Last month was the 45th anniversary of their disappearances.

The three boys are presumed to have become trapped in a cave they were exploring after it collapsed on them, but a search turned up nothing. However, as the article notes, the search might not have been as thorough as it should have been. I suppose there’s always the possibility that they were abducted or something, but I think that’s quite remote.

There’s a book about the case, but from the reviews I don’t know if it’s worth the price tag of almost $16. And my library doesn’t have it — in fact, according to Worldcat, no libraries have it. It seems to me that if an author wants to promote their book they should send some free copies to a bunch of libraries, at least locally. I can’t tell you how many wonderful books I’ve found just randomly browsing shelves.

7 thoughts on “Feature story on Missouri’s second “missing trio”

  1. Kat June 3, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Not trying to be a bitch here, but isn’t the “Trio” the Levitt/Mcall case? I thought that’s what it was called media wise. Sad that there are two multiple missing people cases. Haven’t checked the links yet, but what is the book titled?

    • Meaghan June 3, 2012 / 8:40 pm

      No, the missing trio of missingtrio.com fame was in Texas: Mary Rachel Trlica, Lisa Renee Wilson and Julie Ann Mosley. But there is the Levitt/McCall/Streeter thing in Missouri. I’ll change the blog post title to “Missouri’s other missing trio.”

    • Meaghan June 3, 2012 / 8:40 pm

      The book’s called A Sorrow of the Heart by Charles Stewart.

  2. Kat June 3, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    i apologize…I really thought there was some missing trio thing in the MO case. I probably confused the two. Sorries 🙂

  3. Crystal June 4, 2012 / 9:19 am

    Sounds like Henderson still has a grudge against Craig Dowell for some reason. Maybe 40+ yeasrs ago Dowell stole his lunch money. He not only says that Dowell wasn’t a friend to Henderson and Billy, but that Dowell might not be in the same location as the brothers and that something bad might have happened to Dowell. Well, didn’t “something bad” happen to all three of the missing boys, or is he implying something else?

    • Christy June 4, 2012 / 5:37 pm

      Sounded to me like Henderson was implying that the “something bad” that befell the Hoag brothers may not be the same “something bad” that happened to Dowell. And yeah – Henderson sounds like he is still carrying some beef against Dowell all these years later….

  4. Tiffany June 30, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I would not spend the $16 on the book. The first few chapters are terribly written. The rest of the book is nothing but newspaper articles copied and pasted in full. Stewart fails to cite the papers or authors (I know not all are attributed to one person, but he doesn’t even note the paper). If you can find it at the library, it does give a clear view of events by putting the articles in order, but other than that it is a jumble of random theories and almost praise for the “clever” killer Stewart belives took the boys…not that he supplies much evidence. These boys deserve a better look. I’m from Hannibal and I’m sad this is the most complete representation of the story to date.

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