There are some cases that a law enforcement officer can't forget. This is one of them. Seven-year-old Samantha Zaldivar is reported missing in February 1997. Despite the Herculean efforts of the community and law enforcement to find Samantha, it seems she's disappeared without a trace until the forensic evidence leads a multi-agency task force to an ugly possibility. Months later, an unlikely turn of events reveals the first grader's fate, which rocks the rural county in Western New York. The dedication and meticulous police work of many agencies brings a murderer to justice, but not without a cost to those involved.
Stephen C. Tarbell, a retired Wyoming County Sheriff's investigator shares his personal account of the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Samantha Zaldivar.