Murder Victim to be Buried After Two Years

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The remains of a 15-year-old Warren County murder victim will be laid to rest two years after their discovery. Twilight Crooks disappeared from her Plano home on the night of Aug. 28, 2001. Missing for two weeks, her body was discovered by a man walking his dog in a remote field a few miles from her home.

Sheriff's detectives ruled Crooks' death a homicide, and say hair and fiber evidence indicates two people may have been involved. Investigators also believe the body was moved once, possibly twice after Crooks was killed. Forensic evidence indicates Crooks died around the night of her disappearance.

Phone records indicate Crooks received a call around 10 p.m. that night from a pay phone at the Plano Store, located a couple of blocks away from her home. When her parents went to wake her up the next morning, she was gone.

Crooks' biological mother is of Native American descent, and has fought to have Twilight's body buried on a reservation out West. Sheriff's detectives maintain that they need jurisdiction over the body in the event that an exhumation is called for.

A private, family burial service is planned for Saturday.


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