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Meganpratt

Three-year-old Megan was last seen during September of 1991 at her home in west of Brooksville, Florida. She resided with her mother, Vicki Ann Schober and her stepfather, Jesse James Schober.

After Megan vanished, Vicki and Jesse told other people that Megan was killed in a car accident. A year later, they were evicted from their mobile home and left Florida. Jesse and Vicki divorced and Vicki remarried to another man.

Megan's disappearance didn't draw any attention until 2002 when Megan's paternal grandmother contacted the Hernando County Sherrif's office, asking them to help look for her granddaughter.

The grandmother looked for records of Megan's supposed accidental death, but was unable to find a death certificate, a cemetary plot or even newspaper articles about the alleged car accident.

Investigators interviewed Vicki and Jesse, who each gave conflicting stories about what happened to Megan. An acquaintance of Jesse and Vicki told the police that Megan was dead and buried in the woods, but the police were unable to press charges without her body.

A cold case squad was given Megan's case and they interviewed people who knew the Schober family along with social workers who had contact with them over a period of months.

In August of 2003, Vicki and Jesse were charged with murdering Megan. Vicki pled no contest to aggravated child abuse and agreed to testify against her ex-husband for a six-year jail sentence.

Even though there was no evidence to link Vicki to Megan's murder, she admitted being responsible because she didn't get medical attention for Megan after she was injured.

Vicki stated that Jesse got enraged over Megan splashing in the bathtub and hit her head on the side of the bathtub. She became unconscious and died several days after the incident.

Jesse put Megan's remains in a sleeping bag, burned and buried the remains in the woods located west of Brooksville.

Jesse was charged with 1st-degree murder, but in January of 2005, he reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He pled guilty to a reduced charge of 2nd-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison, eligible for parole in 2016. He led police to the spot where he buried Megan, but nothing was found there. Vicki was paroled in September of 2006 and now lives in Wisconsin.

Megan's remains have not been found, but her case is classified as an endangered missing person and foul play is suspected given the circumstances.

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