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Clues sought in disappearance of Willard couple

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fliers were being distributed around Monett yesterday to help find a Willard couple that disappeared on Sunday.

Monett contractor Jim Hufft is distributing fliers about his sister, Rebecca Porter, 46, and her husband, Russell "Rusty" Porter, 34, who live east of Willard in the 6700 block of North Highway HH. Rebecca Porter had a phone conversation with her daughter, Jessica Bullick, on Sunday morning, which was the last known contact. Her brother, Darrell, had visited her on Saturday.

Rebecca Porter did not go to her job at Fantastic Caverns in Springfield on Monday and failed to answer her phone. Bullick went to the house Monday evening, Hufft said, and found the house unlocked with no one home and the lights on. Police summoned to the scene found Rebecca Porter's purse and phone and her keys in her car. Security cameras inside and outside of the house had been damaged, and the house smelled of bleach.

Hufft said Rebecca Porter spoke to her sister in Florida daily and would never have left her phone behind. A graduate of Crane High School, Rebecca Porter has an extensive family in the area with a brother and two sisters in the Granby area as well as Hufft in Monett and another sister in Arkansas.

Rebecca Porter's two children, Bullick and Corey Ellsworth, are from a previous marriage. Hufft said there is also a new grandchild, and Rebecca Porter would not have left them without a word under normal conditions.

She is described as five foot six inches, 128 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Rusty Porter is a computer programmer who works from home. He is described as six foot two inches in height, 180 pounds, a shaved head with a slight beard and mustache and blue eyes. He has a domestic violence conviction for a 2008 incident.

Family members were busy on Wednesday and Thursday distributing fliers, particularly in the Branson area, where the couple went frequently. Hufft was pleased to have met with Janice McCall, the founder of One Missing Link and mother of Tracy McCall, who disappeared with Sherrill Levitt and Suzie Streeter in Springfield in June 1992. McCall is helping the family spread the word about the disappearance, as she did.

The case is being investigated by the Greene County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with any information about the Porters or any sightings is asked to call 417-868-4040.

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