It's been 10 years since someone murdered Angela Bugay.
The blonde 5-year-old disappeared just a few steps from her
front door in Antioch, Calif., on Nov. 19, 1983. Her body was found
in a shallow grave a week later. She had been sexually assaulted
The crime has never been solved.
"The investigation is still open and ongoing," said Sgt. Rick
Marchoke, investigation unit supervisor of the Antioch Police
Department. "We still get tips on it. There are a couple of people
we have looked at. Nobody is excluded. We still consider
Antioch, population 46,000, is 45 miles east of San Francisco.
It is 2,000 miles west of St. Louis. But in one sense, Antioch is
much closer: in terms of child murder.
Angela Bugay's slaying serves as a reminder that the search for
the killer or killers of St. Louisans Angie Marie Housman and
Cassidy Senter may be a long or perhaps never-ending siege.
The 100-plus investigators with the St. Louis task force say
they are confident, determined and enthusiastic about the
investigation. But they also understand what they are up against.
The problem is just as Marchoke put it: Everybody must be
Investigators track criminals by eliminating suspects from
lists created by evidence and information from those connected to
the victims. But when there are few clues and no witnesses,
narrowing the list is much more difficult. When the victim appears
to have been picked at random - as may be the case in the murders
of Cassidy and Angie - the task becomes nearly impossible.
"If it's a random-type thing, yeah, they are tough," said James
Nelson, the head of the St. Louis FBI office. But Nelson said it's
not certain that the murder victims were picked at random. And he
cannot say for sure that the killer of Cassidy and Angie is the
Angie, 9, disappeared near her home in St. Ann after getting
off a school bus Nov. 18. Her body was found by a deer hunter in
St. Charles County on Nov. 27. Investigators have said the girl
died "an extremely violent death."
Cassidy, 10, was abducted about a block from her home in north
St. Louis County on the afternoon of Dec. 1. Her body was found
dumped in St. Louis eight days later. She had been beaten on the
"It is not conclusive that it is the work of the same person,
but there are a lot of striking similarities that (would suggest)
it is the work of the same person," Nelson said.
The FBI's profile of the killer of both Angie and Cassidy is
the same: a lone male 20-45 years old who has trouble relating with
women and who may have recently encountered a stressful situation.
Marchoke, the Antioch police investigator, said officers still
refer to that same generic FBI profile in the Bugay murder case and
pick up on the arrest of every child-killer they can. …