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MYSTIC | The murder of Chuck Deatsch of rural Mystic in Appanoose County on April 28, 2008, is more than 7 years old, but it's far from a cold case as far as Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson is concerned.

"We still get little pieces of information that come in," Anderson said. "And we've done several hundred interviews on the case. It's still an active case, and still being worked and investigated. It's not something that's been put on the back burner."

Deatsch was shot at 9:55 p.m. It was a cool night with no snow on the ground. He was killed by a single gunshot and the bullet went through a window in the den where he was sitting at his computer playing a game while watching the St. Louis Cardinals on TV.

"And it's a normal day," Anderson said. "And all of sudden he's killed and his wife's life is just turned upside down and forever changed."

Anderson declined to elaborate on other details of the case not made public.

"The last thing we want to do is jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," he said.

Anderson said he believes a local person or persons know what happened that night.

"We know someone, or persons, definitely have information that would solve this case," Anderson said. "And whether they're scared, whether it's a family member or a close friend that was involved, we know that there are people out there that know about this case and just need to come forward.

"If they consciously sit back and realize if it was their family, they would want to know," he said. "And it's the right thing."

Anderson said he would be willing to go anywhere in the country to meet with somebody who has information about the case.

"If they want to come in and explain to us that in their belief it was something else, they need to come in and explain that to us and give us those details," he said.

"We don't have a closed door on somebody's beliefs or somebody's explanations. They just need to come in and explain that to us and take care of it. Do the right thing. We're willing to listen to anybody that has any information"

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Anderson said the case will remain classified as a murder case until the circumstances of the death are explained some other way.

He said his department has received tips from all over the country — from people identifying themselves as psychics and others — as to what happened, and they've followed up on those tips.

"I have received some rather bizarre letters of people who believe that it could be related to some other thing across the country, and we know that it's not," he said.

A reward now is more than $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for Chuck Deatsch's death.

Anderson said anybody with information should come to the Law Center and explain what they know.

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