One year later: Justice awaits for Carl DeBrodie

Carl DeBrodie's death has led to a year-long investigation; yet how he died and who is responsible remains a mystery (Elizabeth Hoffman/KRCG 13)

His name is known throughout Missouri, and even across the country. Carl DeBrodie's death has led to a year-long investigation; yet how he died and who is responsible remains a mystery. Long before his death, the blonde-haired boy brought joy into many lives.

Mary Martin will never forget the first time she saw Carl.

"There was a little boy walking down the sidewalk with a broken arm and bottleneck glasses and he looked up at me and just waved," she said. "He was so happy."

Because of his disabilities, Carl required special care. Martin welcomed that challenge, and she became his guardian. From the time he was 11 years old to age 21, Carl lived with Martin and her family in Jefferson City.

One of the fondest memories Martin recalled was when they got him a horse.

"He loved that horse," she said reminiscing.

She said his actions would always outshine his disabilities.

"He's smiling and waving and he's got all these disabilities," she explained, expressing his bright personality.

Now, she wants to make sure whoever is responsible for his death is held accountable. She said it has taken too long to make an arrest.

"I understand it's a deep case," she acknowledged. "It's very frustrating."

Martin is not alone in her frustrations. Investigators at the federal, state and local levels have been working non-stop on the case.

Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers has spent many hours pouring over records for the past year.

"You get emotionally attached to a lot of different types of cases," he explained. "But this one, probably more so than some of the others."

The FBI, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Callaway County Sheriff's Office have all been a part of the investigation.

Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson said the county investigation was complete in October, but federal prosecutors requested to review the case to consider charges.

The owner of the the facility at the time of Carl's disappearance has denied accusations that they are to blame for his death. And yet, no one has been arrested.

"It's been very difficult for all the people who have been involved in the investigation, locally especially," Chief Myers added. He said a conclusion is expected in the very near future.

"Some of the major hold up is because of the federal prosecution and we want to make sure we get as much prosecution as possible."

While Martin awaits that prosecution, she remains hopeful that the death of Carl will create an awareness for others.

"If one person has their eyes open in a community-- an awareness that people are being treated rudely, they're a money-making object--does something."

A needed protection for those who can't protect themselves.

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