Details of Disappearance Anderson was last seen in Williamsburg, Kentucky at 8:30 p.m. on February 11, 2018. She got out of her mother's vehicle on Route 92 west near the Pilot Travel Center after an argument with her boyfriend, taking a bag of clothes with her. She has never been heard from again.
Authorities initially believed Anderson had left of her own accord and stated there were possible sightings of her in Tennessee after her disappearance. However, in September 2018, Joseph Samuel James Bauer was charged with complicity to commit murder, complicity to first-degree robbery, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, and complicity to being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun in her death. A photo of Bauer is posted with this case summary. He confessed to his involvement in her death after he was jailed on unrelated charges.
Bauer initially said Anderson's body was thrown off the Savoy Bridge into the Clear Fork River. A search of the area turned up a single bone, but it turned out not to be human. When questioned again, Bauer changed his story and said Anderson was buried in a shallow grave in a dry creek bed off a gravel road. Although cadaver dogs indicated the presence of human remains in the area, a search turned up only more animal bones.
In September 2019, Bauer was sentenced to a total of ten years in prison after pleading guilty to complicity to commit murder and facilitation to commit robbery in Anderson's case. He got five years for each charge. Investigators believe he and at least two other individuals killed Anderson shortly after she went missing and that her murder was committed during a drug-related robbery. No other suspects have been charged in her death.
Anderson's body has not been found, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved. This is only the second time in Kentucky history that a person was convicted of a murder-related charge without a body being found.
- Williamsburg Police Department
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 19, 2020; three pictures added, details of disappearance updated.