‘CUPCAKE’ MCKINNEY’S MURDER OPENS OLD WOUNDS IN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY
The tragic disappearance and killing of Kamille Mckinney has opened up many old wounds here at home as well.
It’s been over 16 years since 11-year-old Heaven Lashae Ross went missing from Willowbrook Mobile Home Park in Northport where she lived.
“Not a day has gone by in 16 years that I have not thought about Shae,” Terry Carroll told WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton.
Carroll was the lead investigator in Shae Ross’s case.
“It’s something that you just don’t get over,” he said sadly.
Caroll said Shae and her family are heavy on his heart every day, but especially lately with the disappearance, and now death, of Kamille ‘Cupcake’ Mckinney.
“It really just broke my heart,” Carroll said. “I was afraid that was the way it was going to end up and unfortunately it did, but you never want that. You have some cases that turn out okay. I certainly, just like everyone else, was hoping that was what this one would be.”
Shae Ross was last seen on August 19, 2003 around 7:00 AM walking to the bus stop.
Her body was found over 3 years later beneath an abandoned house in Holt, still wearing the yellow and black back pack she had on going to school three years before.
“Working cases with children, it does something to you,” Carroll said. “I don’t really know how else to say it. It affects you deep in your soul.”
Although Kamille Mckinney and Shae Ross’s cases both ended in devastating deaths, there are differences.
“She was 3 years old and Shae was 11, so there are differences. They are still children,” Carroll said.
Two people are expected to be charged with capital murder and kidnapping in Mckinney’s case, but to this day no one has been even been named a suspect in Shae Ross’s.
“I’ve lived it every day for 16 plus years.” Carroll said. “I felt like i lived it with them. It’ll always be a part of me.”
Carroll and so many others still long for answers as to who killed Shae Ross.
If you have any information that could assist investigators, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers. You can leave an anonymous tip: (205) 752-STOP.