Couple Pleads Not Guilty In Woman's Death 1-26-2010 - WSMV News 4

Couple Pleads Not Guilty In Woman's Death 1-26-2010

Reported By Deanna Lambert
WAYNESBORO, Tenn.A couple accused of killing their son's fiancee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges.
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Steven and Sylvia Beersdorf made their first appearance in a Wayne County courtroom and were appointed an attorney.
Police arrested the Beersdorfs last week in connection with the death of their future daughter-in-law, Rose Goggins, 21.
Members of Goggins' family were present for hearing.
Goggins had been missing for a week when her car was found burned in McNairy County. Police believe Goggins' body may have been dumped in the Tennessee River. Her body has yet to be recovered.
District Attorney Mike Bottoms said on Tuesday that boaters and volunteers are needed to help find Goggins' body. Authorities said they have had complications in finding the body.
"We need the public's assistance in helping us look at the Tennessee River between the Interstate 40 bridge, south to the Clifton Bridge," said Bottoms. "It's complicated by the fact we've had a lot of rain, swift water and cold weather."
The Wayne County sheriff said this is the first case he can remember when someone was dumped into the Tennessee River in the county. He said the Beersdorfs' home has already been searched.
Goggins is the mother to the Beersdorfs' 11-month-old grandson, Ayden. She moved in with the family last October, shortly after her child was born.
The Beersdorfs are currently being held without bond. The couple will be back in court later this week or early next week for a preliminary hearing.
Ayden is still in state custody with a foster family. However, a spokesperson with the Department of Children's Services said the department will typically allow family members to visit children.



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