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    ice Investigators obtain search warrant for 24-year-old cold case in Boyle County KY

    BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Federal investigators on Tuesday obtained a search warrant in connection with the case of Anna Lee Manning, who went missing from Junction City about 24 years ago.

    Authorities were in Boyle County Tuesday afternoon executing the warrant.

    Last month, WKYT reported that the Boyle County Sheriff's Department was taking a new look at the case after developing new leads. Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott said Tuesday that those new leads led them to a residence on Spring Valley Road in Lincoln County. The residence belongs to the father of Anna Manning's estranged husband.

    The FBI assisted deputies in the search because of their forensic ability.

    "They have helped us unearth some areas we had learned or determined that Miss Manning could possibly be," Sheriff Elliott said.

    After several agencies including the Boyle County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police spent much of Tuesday digging up the property on Spring Valley Road, some evidence was discovered.

    "We have recovered some evidence. The FBI has some of that and as you can see we've recovered several guns that we have to work with to find if it is stolen," Sheriff Elliott said.

    No arrests have been made. Sheriff Elliott says this case is still very active, and no suspects have been named at this time.

    Boyle County Sheriff Deputy Phillip Dean told WKYT in February that he decided to re-open the case after he read the original case file.

    Dean says Elsie Williams, Manning's aunt, was the last person to see Manning alive. Williams reported seeing her niece on Nov. 19, 1992. Anna Lee was with a man, standing in front of the Chinn's Jewelry shop on North Third Street in Danville.

    Dean said the department has some leads, but "that's all I can say and that foul play is suspected."

    Dean has said the case is one of the more difficult investigations hes ever worked on. However, he says hes determined to find justice.

    Manning was last seen having red hair with blue eyes. She was 5-foot-10 and 108 pounds.

    Anyone with information about disappearance of Anna Manning is asked to contact the Boyle County Sheriff's Department at (859) 238-1123.


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    Default Re: Investigators obtain search warrant for 24-year-old cold case in Boyle County KY

    No new leads turning up in Manning cold case

    It’s been three months since investigators followed what they hoped was a lead in the cold case of Anna Lee Manning’s disappearance. They searched and dug in the ground at a Lincoln County property, but little came of it.

    Boyle County Deputy Philip Dean, who launched the renewed investigation last year, said investigators are continuing to gather leads, but nothing concrete has turned up.

    It was four months ago, in February, when he first brought the case to the public through an article in The Advocate-Messenger.

    “I’m just trying to find someone who will know something and help the family,” Dean said. “Someone has to know something. If she is no longer with us, she needs to be properly buried so her family knows. If she is alive, we need to let the family know.”
    A month later, the investigation led officers to the Lincoln County property belonging to Richard and Barbara Manning, the parents of Anna Manning's estranged husband Anthony Manning.
    Members of a Federal Bureau of Investigations crime scene unit, Kentucky State Police, the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spent 11 hours there, searching for clues as to what happened to Anna Manning.

    They used backhoes and shovels to dig, a skid loader to move large items out of the way and cadaver dogs to investigate.

    A cache of weapons was found — about 24 guns, including shotguns, rifles and handguns. But the property, located on Spring Valley Drive and once part of Boyle County, yielded little information to investigators.

    At the time, Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliot said “evidence” was uncovered, but was taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be examined.

    That evidence was revealed to be a bone from an animal.

    Cold Case

    Manning was last seen on Nov. 19, 1992, by her aunt, Elsie Williams, on North Third Street in front of Chinn’s Jewelry.

    “She hollered and said she had something to talk to me about. But I’ve never seen her again,” Williams said in an article in The Advocate-Messenger on March 1, 1994.

    At the time, Manning was with a white male who was never identified. She made plans to visit her aunt later that day, but never made it.

    Anna Manning was described as having red hair, being about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 108 pounds. She would now be 47 years old. She had blue eyes and a scar on her right pinkie.

    She also had a daughter, about 2 years old at the time, who is now about 26 years old.

    A formal missing person’s report was filed on Feb. 25, 1994.

    Police searched Fayette and Jessamine counties due to rumors, but she was never located and eventually the trail went cold.

    According to the 1994 article, Manning had lived with her aunt since she was 13. She had gotten married to Anthony Manning in 1985, and after marrying, she was distanced from her aunt and other family members by her husband, according to Williams in the 1994 article. The removal was such that Williams didn’t know where the Mannings had lived.

    An April 16, 1992, a police item in The Advocate-Messenger reported that an Anthony B. Manning, 25, of 148 Spring Valley Road, turned himself in to police after his estranged wife, Anna Manning, signed a warrant for his arrest on a charge of kidnapping.

    Anthony Manning took his 2-year-old daughter to visit Anna Manning at her apartment on 510 N. Third Street, where he told her he wanted to have sex with her, according to the news archive.

    When she refused, he handcuffed her, and led her to the back door. As he went to take their daughter and Anna Manning’s purse to his car, she escaped to a neighbor’s house to call the police, according to the archive.

    A May 3, 1992, public record states that Anthony Manning was given 182 days in jail — 152 of those probated — for a charge of unlawful imprisonment.


    Anyone with information into the disappearance of Anna Lee Manning is asked to contact the Boyle County Sheriff's Department at (859) 238-1123. Callers can remain anonymous.

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