New Leads In 30-Year-Old Missing Persons Case

HERCULANEUM, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - There could be a break in the case of a woman who has been missing from Herculaneum for more than 30-years. Investigators think she may have been murdered after leaving a bar. Now, cadaver dogs may have found something to crack the cold case. Authorities in Herculaneum say the case of Genieva Adams went cold for years. But now, it might be getting new life after investigators have followed leads into Perry County.

Adams, who had several children, was 53-years-old when she disappeared in July of 1976. She was last seen leaving the Artesian Lounge. Police fear she may have been killed – nobody has ever been arrested.

Herculaneum Assistant Police Chief Captain Mark Tulgetske says it's the highest profile cold case for the town. He adds investigators re-opened the case a couple of years ago. Tulgetske says detectives obtained information that Adams may have spent time on land in Perry County. "We found it to be a really remote location. Information had it that that there's a possibility that she may have gone down to that location. So that's what led us there."

Cops first went to the 100 acres of private property this spring, but much of the area was under flood waters until recently. Friday, a team of cadaver dogs searched the area. Sources tell FOX 2 news the dogs hit on two areas. It's not clear what they may have found.

Police say Adams left the bar the night she went missing with a man named Jimmie Mills. He says Mills was interviewed and told police he dropped Adams off in Crystal City. He was never charged.

Tulgetske says any plans to dig up the area where the dogs hit are still unclear.

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