A Missouri mother will finally be able to put her son to rest after draining the pond where his slain body was dumped seven years ago.
Connie Goodwin and her grandson Gage Goodwin recovered the remains of Edward Goodwin, Gage’s father, from the bottom of a pond in Poplar Bluff on Saturday, local publication Riverfront Times reported.
Edward Goodwin’s partial remains have lain beneath the murky water since he was killed by two former friends in the summer of 2015.
His killers, Eldred Smith and Ricky Hurt – who have both served time for the murder – tied cinder blocks to the 32-year-old’s body and dumped him in the unnamed pond at County Road 572, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.
The motive was an alleged drug deal gone awry, which sparked a grudge between the parties, the Daily American Republic reported at the time.
Two years after the murder, in November 2017, the sheriff’s department dumped part of the pound and discovered partial remains, which they were able to identify as Edward Goodwin’s.
Investigators recovered a pelvis and thigh bones sufficient to put Smith and Hurt on trial for murder.
Connie Goodwin, 57, said the sheriff’s department promised they would return and finish the job to collect the rest of their son, but years passed with new excuses each time, she told the Riverfront Times.
“There was always a reason. Either because of other crimes or because of the weather,” she said.
Last fall, sheriff’s deputies returned to the pond to continue drainage work, but were unable to remove enough water to locate the rest of Edward Goodwin.
Over the weekend, Connie and Gage Goodwin – who could not have known his remains were still in the pond – decided to continue the salvage effort themselves.
They hired a sump pump and began pumping water out of the pond — which had shrunk exponentially in size from previous efforts.
Two hours into work, they spotted bones sticking out of the mud and called the local coroner.
Gage Goodwin, who was 15 at the time of his father’s murder, ran to the middle of the muddy swamp to collect his father’s remains.
“Next thing you know, my grandson, he’s tall and lean, started in a running stance through that mud,” said Connie Goodwin. “It was up to his knees.”
Butler County coroner Jim Akers, now 22, worked to carefully remove the skeletal remains from the mud and placed them in a kayak to bring them safely back to shore.
The discovery was bittersweet, but it helped bring closure to the family.
“It was a sad day. It was also a joyful day because we got to bring our son home,” said Connie Goodwin.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/edward-goodwins-remains-found-after-mother-drains-pond/ Edward Goodwin’s remains were found after his mother drained the pond