WICHITA, Kan. – Prosecutors charged five people Thursday in connection with the disappearance of a Wichita man following a disturbance Sunday at a home in Valley Center.
The defendants appeared in court Thursday to faces charges related to the disappearance of 33-year-old Scottie Goodpaster. The five people are Jeff Hillard, Heidi Hillard, Brian Bussart, Willie Earl Morris and Alexandria Scott.
Jeff Hillard, 49, was charged with eight total counts including one count of first-degree murder, along with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and rape. His bond is set at $1 million.
Heidi Hillard, 42, was also charged with eight counts Thursday including first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and rape. Her bond is also set at $1 million.
Brian Bussart, 39, was charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated battery. His bond is set at $1 million.
Willie Morris, 55, is also facing seven charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated battery. His bond is set at $1 million.
The fifth suspect in this case, 26-year-old Alexandria Scott is facing two felony counts, one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery. Her bond is set at $100,000.
Meanwhile, detectives continue to investigate the disappearance of Goodpaster. They now believe that he is deceased. Sheriff’s deputies are seeking eyewitnesses that may lead them to the location and recovery of Goodpaster’s body.
For Goodpasters family, it’s been an emotional week. And now that police think he is dead, his family is asking for help.
“It’s been a lot of tears,” said the man’s father, Scottie Goodpaster, Sr. “My son is hidden from me. They hid my son, I want to find my son and I need help.”
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lin Dehning said lawmen need all the help they can get.
“We’re asking for anybody that might be up in the fields in Harvey Co. to just keep an eye out for anything suspicious, anything that might lead us to the location of Scotty Goodpaster’s body,” Dehning said. That means deputies are asking hunters to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
If you saw the pickup in Harvey County on Sunday, call the Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 660-5300, our Records Section at 660-3888, Crime Stoppers at 267-2111, or 911.
UPDATE: The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department wants to clarify that they are not looking for the truck but are only asking for information from anyone who may have seen it last Sunday, November 6th.