Andrea Parsons, Chester Duane Price case update: Evidence released in girl's kidnapping, murder

Price is charged with her disappearance

STUART — The State Attorney's Office has released 22,555 pages of evidence in the 19-year-old case against Chester Duane Price, who is charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with the disappearance of 10-year-old Andrea Gail Parsons.

By law, information that's exchanged between prosecutors and defense attorneys as part of the "discovery" process is public record.

Andrea disappeared July 11, 1993, after leaving a Port Salerno grocery store about two blocks from her home on Southeast Ebbtide Avenue. Her body has not been found.

Price, 42, a former Martin County resident, was living in Haleyville, Ala., when he was indicted Nov. 29 on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping a child under 13. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against Price.

Authorities allege Price and Claude Davis, a former neighbor of Andrea's, put the girl in Davis' van, killed her and disposed of the body.

Davis, now 76, was arrested for false imprisonment in the case in November 1993; but the case was dismissed in 1994 for lack of evidence. He testified to the grand jury that indicted Price but, because charges against him were dropped, cannot be charged again in the case.

Much of the evidence dates to an extensive investigation mounted by the Martin County Sheriff's Office soon after Andrea's disappearance. In 2011, then-Sheriff Bob Crowder assigned a new team of detectives to the case for a "fresh set of eyes to shake things up and develop new leads."

This story will be updated.

 

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