Indictment Made In 37 Year Old Homicide

Callaway County Prosecutors have secured an indictment in relation to a nearly 37 year old murder that took place alongside Little Tavern Creek outside Portland.

The body of 27 year old Ricky Ridings of St. Peters was found on July 8, 1981.


In June of 2017, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office received information that led to an immediate review of the “cold case.”

Yesterday, prosecutors presented the case to a Grand Jury who issued an indictment of Conrad Schmitt III on the charge of capital murder.

Schmitt is currently an inmate in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He will be arraigned Friday, May 18 at 1:30.

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