The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri on Thursday shot down online rumors surrounding an unsolved missing particular person case.

Cassidy Rainwater, 33, has been missing since July 25, and whereas the sheriff’s workplace has arrested two suspects within the case of her disappearance, authorities are attempting to place an finish to an online rumor mill concerning Rainwater’s whereabouts.

“There is a lot of misinformation and rumors regarding the Cassidy Rainwater case being circulated across social media and various news platforms,” Dallas County Sheriff Scott Rice stated in a Thursday assertion posted to Facebook. “While I understand the impatience and curiosity of the people, I’m going to give you a piece of advice. It is not a good idea to listen to ‘a crime reporter/blogger’ or [TikTok] videos that is sitting in their apartment or their mommy and daddy’s basement eating Great Value cheese puffs and drinking box wine with grand intentions of being a social media superstar.”

Cassidy Rainwater (Dalls County Sheriff’s Department)

Rice continued: “If you are hanging on [e]very word is this type of crap, believing it to be fact, you are living in a fantasy world. This isn’t a tv series or movie where we go to commercial break and have lab results in 15 minutes. Searching a crime scene for 7 days 24 hours a day takes that long, 168 hours. 99.999999% of what has been posted to social media is CRAP.”


The sheriff added that his workplace has “all parties involved with Cassidy Rainwater’s case in jail,” and authorities count on to file further costs in opposition to these suspects “in the coming days.”

A caller reported Rainwater missing in August however informed the sheriff’s workplace she was final seen in July. The FBI is concerned within the case and has relayed data to the sheriff’s workplace that led it to the arrests of two suspects in September.


Dallas County deputies on Sept. 16 acquired data from the company that led them to a house within the Windyville space of the county, the place authorities arrested James Phelps, 58, who’s being held with out bond on the Dallas County jail on kidnapping costs. On Sept. 22, sheriff’s deputies arrested Timothy Norton, 56, of Lebanon, Missouri, on kidnapping costs. Both arrests have been made in reference to the Rainwater case.

Timothy Norton (L), and James Phelps (R). Photo: Dallas County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office

Timothy Norton (L), and James Phelps (R). Photo: Dallas County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office

Phelps reportedly informed police Rainwater was staying on his property till she “got back on her feet” however that she left in July in the midst of the night time, presumably to Colorado, based on native news outlet the Springfield News-Leader.

The sheriff’s workplace continues to analyze Rainwater’s disappearance and settle for ideas from the FBI.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for Cassidy’s family and friends,” the division stated in an Oct. 4 assertion. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect their privacy.”

The FBI Kansas City Field Office had acquired an nameless picture of a partially bare Rainwater being held in a cage and shared the tip with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, based on courtroom paperwork obtained by the News-Leader. After arresting Phelps, the sheriff’s workplace seized his telephone and found extra images of Rainwater, partially nude, on his property.

Court paperwork reviewed by the outlet additionally recommend that Norton might have been an confederate in kidnapping Rainwater by “holding her down for a substantial period of time” at Phelps’ property after the 58-year-old contacted Norton and requested him to assist restrain the 33-year-old.