In March 1984, 26-year-old Lisa Ann Carnes had been reported missing on March 29. Her nude body was found the afternoon of Friday, March 30 near Mermet Lake.
According to the story published in the April 4, 1984 issue of the Metropolis Planet, Carnes apparently died early Friday morning from a small caliber gunshot wound. The bullet entered her back and exited her upper chest after passing through her lung.
At that time Bill Reineking, a special agent for the Illinois Division of Criminal Investigation, said police began looking for Carnes Friday morning after she was reported missing. In the article, Reineking says Carnes was last seen in Karnak about midnight on Thursday, March 29. She had earlier left her two small children at her mother’s home.
On that Friday morning, the pickup Carnes was driving was found parked about 30 yards south of the intersection of U.S. 45 and Ill. 169.
According to the 1984 article, Reineking said the truck was not out of gas and there were no signs of mechanical problems. Also on that Friday morning, her clothes were found along the west side of U.S. 45 between the pickup and County Road 1150. Later that day a large quantity of blood was found on the back porch of a house on the Louie Sielbeck farm.
At 3:15 p.m. the body was found approximately one-quarter mile away by Ralph Krueger, who was checking his land across the road.
The 1984 article states Reineking said it appeared Carnes had tried to get into the house seeking safety but no one lived there and it was locked up.
It was Massac County Deputy Charles Barger who speculated, Carnes then took off across the field toward a light in the distance. Her body was found in the middle of an open field.
Reineking said her body showed minor bruises, but those may have been caused by falls, while running away from whoever shot her.
Carnes lived in a part of Karnak known as Stumptown with her husband Earnest “Little Beaver.” She was the daughter of General Hill of Grand Chain and Margaret Hill of Karnak and a 1976 graduate of Century High School.
Carnes’ body was found in a field in rural Massac County near Macedonia Church Road and U.S. 45.
According to Illinois State Police, to date, hundreds of leads have been followed, and state police special agents continue to investigate the homicide. Anyone who has information that may be helpful in solving this crime is asked to contact Illinois State Police Sergeant Chad Brown at 618-845-3740, extension 282.