Memories haunt Pamela Butler's mom after Hailey Owens killing - KCTV5

Memories haunt Pamela Butler's mom after Hailey Owens killing

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The abduction and murder of Hailey Owens is an unimaginable tragedy, one that a Kansas City mother knows all too well.

Cherri West's daughter, Pamela Butler, was abducted, beaten and murdered 15 years ago. West says Hailey's story was eerily similar to her daughter's.

"The little girl was 10, Pammy was 10. Stranger abduction. She was outside playing in the yard, he just goes up and takes her. Everything was similar to Pamela," West said.

Hailey was walking near her home in Springfield, MO, when a man lured her to his vehicle and grabbed her. Two people witnessed the abduction and were able to get a car description.

This was the same as with Pamela. A man heard her screaming and followed the truck to get the license plate.

"My daughters were outside. They (the predators) are just getting more bolder, they just don't care," West said.

There are no words, she said, to stop the pain and it's pain she lives with daily.

"As for myself, I have to live with that every day. Because I didn't find her in time. The worst part of is that I dwell on what was she thinking. How scared was she and I couldn't comfort her," West said.

Pamela's murderer, Keith Nelson, sits on death row in Missouri. But West said one thing parents can do is to look out for one another.

"Kids being outside, everybody just has to watch everybody now. Without that we wouldn't find these people that are doing this," she said.

West said there continues to be execution delays in her daughter's case.

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