Cold Cases


Samantha Sperry
Missing since March 2018

October 01, 2020
Subject Update- Samantha Sperry Missing Person Investigation

The Graves County Sheriff's Office wishes to provide an update on a missing person investigation, that is related to the March 2018 disappearance of then 25-year-old Samantha Sperry.

The missing person investigation was initially opened in March 2018 after she was reported as missing by her mother.

A large rural remote area in and around the Kaler bottoms area of Graves County has been searched multiple times by law enforcement and first responder agencies, volunteers, friends, and family. Horseback, ATV's, and K-9's have all been utilized in these searches.

Exactly one year to the day of her disappearance, the Graves County Sheriff's Office presented this case and all subsequent investigation to a multitude of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on March 27, 2019 at a briefing held at a Mayfield location.

The agencies attending included the FBI, representatives from the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, prosecutors from the Graves County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Graves County Attorney's Office, crime analysists, Kentucky State Police Crime Lab personnel, KSP investigators, and several of the areas most seasoned detectives in criminal investigations.

A methodical examination of our on-going investigation was requested by our agency in an effort to pull in all available resources, not only locally, but on the state and federal levels as well, and to simply have fresh sets of eyes review what has or had not been done.

Invaluable assistance has been received from many of the agencies, including but not limited to: assistance in interviewing, and on some cases re-interviewing witnesses, or persons of interest in this case, a detailed and methodical review of all electronic evidence and data, and laboratory analysis of evidence submitted.

Thousands of documented man hours have been expended on the searches and investigation into Samantha Sperry's disappearance.

In an effort to not compromise the integrity of the ongoing investigation, more specific details cannot be released at this time.

We have and will continue to update the family as the case continues to be an open investigation.

We have received many tips and bits of information from those that had information who believed could be helpful in this investigation.

We would request that those that believe that they may have helpful information to contact this agency, or any law enforcement agency including the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) (502) 263-6000, -OR- West Kentucky Crimestoppers at (270) 443-TELL, Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721, or the Graves County Sheriff's Office at (270) 247-4501.

Thank you,
Sheriff Jon Hayden

The Graves County Sheriff's Office has also established a dedicated email address for information directly related to the disappearance of Samantha Sperry, at ►sperrytips@gravescountyky.gov

Sandra Travis
Missing since 2005
June 13, 2019
Subject Update- 14 year old missing person case

The Graves County Sheriff's Office is looking into a 14 year old missing person case.

Sandra Travis age 59 (at the time of the report) was reported missing by her husband Bobby Gene Travis on August 21, 2005.

Bobby Travis at that time reported that she had actually been missing since July 17, 2005 but hadn't reported it.

The couple lived at a residence located at 2800 West Slaughter Road, which is located several miles south of Mayfield.

The residence was abandoned soon after the missing report was filed, with most of the belongings of both Sandra Travis and her husband Bobby Travis being left behind.

The residence has grown up over he past 14 years to where it wasn't even visible from the roadway, left almost exactly as it was left and abandoned 14 years ago.

While in a meeting with Graves County Attorney John Cunningham and Sheriff Jon Hayden few week ago, information concerning some old missing person cases were being discussed. It was learned through that meeting and after review of the investigative file, that soon after the disappearance of Mrs. Travis, a large concrete pad was poured by hand in front of the residence.

Bobby Gene Davis died in 2014 at age 64.

Sheriff's detectives obtained legal access to the property located on Slaughter Road Thursday June 13, 2019 at around 7:30AM.

A backhoe was utilized to gain access to the property and the concrete slab that was roughly 12 ft by 20 ft was pulled up and the area checked for any possible signs of Mrs. Travis. There was nothing located. There had previously been information circulating that there could be evidence under the concrete.

The last statement Sandra Travis husband provided to police was that the last time he saw her, she was getting into a white semi truck in the driveway of the residence with man whom was never identified.

• Missing Since 07/31/2005
• Missing From Mayfield, Kentucky
• Classification Endangered Missing
• Date of Birth 11/20/1946 (72)
• Age 58 years old
• Height and Weight 5'2, 110 - 115 pounds
• Clothing/Jewelry Description A thin gold band on her left pinky finger and possibly a watch with a gold band on her left wrist.
• Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Travis has freckles on her face, chest, arms and legs. She has a dimple on her chin, hysterectomy and spleenectomy scars on her abdomen, and a birthmark on her buttocks. Travis has previously fractured her ribs, jaw, nose and eye socket. Her ears are pierced and she wears wire-framed eyeglasses. Her nickname is Sandy.

The Graves Co. Sheriff's Office is hoping that anyone with information will come forward. You can contact the ►Graves County Sheriff's Office at 270 247-4501, or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Thank You,
Sheriff Jon Hayden