Police investigating the disappearance of Hammond shared a ransom style note given to them by an unnamed informant, which was posted on April 4 1991 – the same evening she was taken from a payphone booth in Clinton, Missouri.
The informant’s wife and daughter – who was also named Angela – were living in Clinton at the time, and fears his child was the intended target after he helped bust a drugs ring.
Clinton Police Captain Paul Abbott explained: ‘This Angie’s father had been involved in a case where he was a confidential informant. This was a pretty significant narcotics case that probably disrupted some pretty significant drug business.
‘Revisiting the case file again for the third or fourth time we ran across this lead from very early on in the investigation.’
The ransom note said: ‘Hello no (redacted). We know you you are no (redacted) people like you deserve what you get.
‘We know where your foxy daughter is at (sic) she will see us soon. Tell (redacted) she has our deepest sympathy in our further loss. Good by (sic) (redacted)’
Hammond was abducted from a booth while four months pregnant.
Angela Hammond, 20, was abducted from a pay telephone booth while four months pregnant on April 4, 1991 in the town of Clinton
Her boyfriend Rob Shafer was speaking to her on the phone at the time, and heard Angela’s screams as she was dragged away by her abductor. He rushed out to try and save her – and drove past his girlfriend as she was driven off in a green Ford truck.
Shafer broke the transmission of his car while turning around to give chase, and had to watch as Angela was driven away to her presumed death. No trace of her has ever been found.
The case is one of America’s most infamous cold cases and was even featured in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
And last month Clinton Police revealed the biggest piece of evidence in decades, which points to Hammond being snatched after she was mistaken for someone else.
The ransom note that points to the mistaken identity theory came from the original police file for the Hammond case.
It had been ignored because police couldn’t figure out how to connect it to the 1970s model green Ford truck that her fiancé Rob Schafer had tried to chase down after hearing her scream on the phone.
‘The letter was postmarked April 4, 1991, the exact date that Angela Hammond was abducted late that evening. The informant’s wife and his daughter – also named Angela – were living in Clinton, MO at that time,’ cops said.
The ransom note that points to the mistaken identity theory came from the original police file for the Hammond case
Marsha Cook, Angela Hammond’s mother, told KCTV she ‘was in shock for several days’
Much of the initial investigation focused on a 1970s model green Ford pickup truck
Police told KCTV that investigators have been exploring the new theory for years after originally only revealing the theory to Angela’s mother Marsha.
Hammond, known as ‘Angie’ to her family and friends, was a recent graduate of Montrose High School and ‘was well known and popular in the small community of Clinton’ before her disappearance – and there has been no signs of her since.
Hammond’s fiancé Rob Schafer was on the other end and heard her scream after she told him she spotted a creepy car passing her before pulling over near her, KCTV reported. He drove to the payphone and chased the suspected abductor’s pickup until his transmission went out.
Marsha Cook, Angela Hammond’s mother, told KCTV she ‘was in shock for several days’ after her daughter’s disappearance.
‘Took a while to process that could happen in a small town like this. That’s not something that would happen in Clinton,’ she said.
Angela Hammond may have been mistaken for the daughter of police informant in another case
Schafer provided police with details about the 1970’s model Ford pickup truck with a fishing scene in the rear glass, which much of the early investigation centered around. Schafer had an alibi and passed numerous polygraphs, cops noted.
‘Hundreds of leads involving vehicles matching that description were followed up on, but never produced any significant evidence,’ cops said in the release.
Captain Paul Abbott of the Clinton Police Department called the alleged case of mistaken identity ‘pretty incredible.’
When asked if the two women looked alike, he told the outlet: ‘There were striking similarities. Very much so.’
Police said in the news release that the case has not been nailed down just yet – there are still several active and open leads being considered.
However, cops noted that investigators have come across information, that was not provided by police, that lends credibility to the mistaken identity theory ‘and have so far been unable to refute it.’
Cops said that another break in case might be made if an anonymous tipster who recently reached out would get back into contact with them after providing information about a person cops had previously investigated.