Last week, one Chattanooga father moved a step closer to closure, in his daughter's murder..
17 years after his daughter Vickie went missing, Benjamin Witherspoon remembers vividly when police told him her remains had been found. "The skull was brought down into the street from Billy Goat Hill," he says, "and that's when they were able to go up on that hill and find the remains."
He says he and his wife, immediately suspected Adolphus Hollingsworth with the death, and police even questioned him about it. "We were hoing that he would be charged," Mr. Witherspoon syas, "but the police told us they didn't have enough information."
He says, burying his daughter's remains provided SOME closure, but not near enough.
It would be 15 long years before Chattanooga investigators, partnered with the TV crime show "Cold Justice," would start asking questions again. "As soon as they finished questioning us and left," says Mr. Witherspoon, "they called us back to let us know that they had locked him up."
Looking back, Mr. Witherspoon says his wife never got over losing her child. Even in an interview with NewsChannel 9 back in June, 1999, she told us "I lost a lot of weight and it was just hard to deal with."
3 years after Vickie's remains were found, Mrs. Witherspoon passed away.. never seeing her daughter's killer brought to justice. Her husband believes that led to her death.
"She grieved over that for quite a while," he remembers. "She grieved so much, that that may have been her reason for dying."
For the memory of his daughter and his wife, Mr. Witherspoon says, he is at peace with Hollingsworth. "I gotta forgive him," he says quietly. "And I have forgiven him, because I've done all I can do.. I can't handle the situation."
"The Lord will take care of that."
Authorities are awaiting Adolphus Hollingsworth's extradiction back to Hamilton County. He's charged with first degree murder in connection with Vickie's murder, and her father says, he'll attend every day of the trial..by Calvin Sneed