One year has passed since Jeannie Quinn, 20, was found dead in a wooded area in Abilene.
According to the autopsy report, her death was a ‘staged hanging’ and it was ruled a homicide. And although there have been no arrests in her case, there is a person of interest.
Quinn’s mother and younger brother, whom she lived with in Levelland, reported her missing when she seemingly vanished from home. Just a few days later, her body was found in Abilene.
Throughout the course of the investigation, police discovered she and her boyfriend at the time, Ricky Don Henderson, had driven to Abilene on their own accord to visit friends.
But what happened next, no one truly knows.
According to court documents, Henderson said once in Abilene, he and Quinn got into a fight and Quinn drove away in his truck, leaving him on the side of the road.
As stated in police documents, Henderson said he tried to contact Quinn several times without success and then called a friend to come pick him up after he walked all the way to Snyder, Texas.
His friend then took him back to Levelland, where he got another vehicle, returned to Abilene, and searched for Quinn, but the documents state he was unable to find her.
The documents state, “the circumstance of where Jeannie Quinn’s body was found indicate that of a homicide.”
Detectives filed search warrants to get data and electronic communications from phones belonging to both Quinn’s boyfriend and his friend because they could contain evidence related to murder.
Those search warrants were filed in 2018 and so far, no update on if the cell phone’s data provided evidence.
In December of 2018, Abilene police confirmed that Ricky Don Henderson was the sole person of interest in the case. He is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail on unrelated charges.
He’s also the sole person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Stephane Meeks Henderson in 1993. This week, the Texas Rangers increased reward money in her case to $6,000.
Quinn’s family is still desperately waiting for answers, but police said this case comes down to a need for more evidence. Quinn’s family has raised more than $11,000 in reward money hoping it will bring someone forward with information that can lead to an arrest.
We reached out to Abilene police for an update on their investigation but they were unavailable for an interview.
If you know any information, please call the Abilene police at 325-673-8331.