No case filed, 4 years after body of Levelland’s Jeannie Quinn found in Abilene

Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 8:52 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - April 17 will mark four years since Jeannie Quinn was found dead in an Abilene field, two days after her disappearance from Levelland. The man who’s been named a person of interest in the case since 2018 still can’t be charged, according to the Abilene Police Department.

“The person of interest in this case, 60-year-old Ricky Don Henderson, is presently in prison on two unrelated drug cases,” the Abilene Police Department said in a statement to KCBD. “Currently, the department does not have enough evidence to file this case with the District Attorney’s Office against Henderson.”

Henderson has since been indicted in March of 2021 for the 1993 murder of his wife, Stephane Meeks Henderson, in Hockley County.

“We were happy about that, but this is all because he drew the attention to himself on what he did to Jeannie,” John R. Quinn, Jeannie’s uncle, said. “We’re still not at the point of getting any charges for Jeannie’s case.”

Quinn told KCBD he most recently spoke to Abilene law enforcement and the District Attorney in September of 2021 to discuss the case and evidence, some he said the public does not know about.

“From what I know, I wish they would concentrate or even take a second look or a third look or just dive a little deeper on the cell phone records because it’s a digital footprint,” Quinn said. “It will show the inconsistencies on Henderson’s story, his version of the events on what happened that day.”

An autopsy report called Jeannie’s death a “staged hanging.”

The Abilene Police Department seized two phones in mid-April as part of the murder investigation. Officials say Quinn was last seen with her boyfriend, Henderson, in Abilene just two days before her body was found.

“The Abilene Police Department has continued working on this case since the discovery of Ms. Quinn’s body in April of 2018.,” APD told KCBD. “The Abilene Police Department has followed up on many leads in this investigation and has continually worked with the family of Ms. Quinn.”

John Quinn worries that charges in Jeannie’s case will take several decades or never come, especially if Henderson dies in prison.

“Time goes very fast so it’s kind of like you’re in a race against time,” Quinn said. “I don’t want him to pass before this is done. I might have to come to terms with that’s gonna happen. If that should happen, that is beyond our control but we can only control what’s happening right now. That’s why we keep moving and we keep fighting. Just keep going.”

If anyone has information regarding this case, contact the Abilene Police Department’s non-emergency number at 673-8331 or Abilene Crime Stoppers at 676-8477 (676-TIPS). You can also submit tips online by clicking here.

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