Fugitive Couple Still On the Run, Region 8 Authorities on High Alert

May 25, 2006 - Posted at 5:15 p.m. CST

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO -- It's a case drawing national attention.... an Independence, Missouri couple charged in a gruesome killing and rape are on the run.

The search for the 'Most Wanted Couple in America' continues in Region 8.

Richard D. Davis, 41, and Dena Riley, 39, are suspects in the death of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer. Police say a videotape in the couple's home show them beating, sexually abusing and strangling their victim. Spicer's nude body was discovered last Monday in a shallow grave. Davis and Riley were interviewed by police before a tape was obtained through a search warrant but fled after denying knowing Spicer.

Police say the 8-millimeter tape found depicted Spicer with duct tape over her eyes and her hands secured behind her back. She is struck, raped and sodomized as she pleads for the crimes to stop. Police say Spicer was later strangled.

Police say Davis and Riley spent Sunday in Perryville, Missouri about 125 miles north of Caruthersville on Interstate 55 and ever since, they've eluded authorities as a nation waits and watches.

"We suspect that if the crime took place in the northern part of the state and if they were seen in Perryville, possibly that they could be traveling south," said Caruthersville Police Chief Chris Briggs.

It could be an escape route on I-55....authorities claim Davis and Riley had more plans to kill in a spree of sexual assaults and murders.

"It's a pretty horrific crime and we need to find these folks and bring them to justice," said Briggs.

The couple may be traveling in a black pickup truck, leaving southeast Missouri law enforcement on high alert.

"Anytime you get something like this that happens, we're trying to do our part like any other law enforcement agency to help apprehend these suspects," said Briggs.

Police say Davis and Riley are considered to be armed and dangerous and if you do come into contact with them, call the authorities immediately.

They are each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping, forcible rape and two counts of forcible sodomy. Davis is on parole after spending nearly 18 years in prison for a 1987 rape and sodomy conviction. Riley has previously been charged with misdemeanors, but no felonies.