Suzanna Mages, Texas
Mary Mages believes her daughter is “perfectly OK.” Still, she wants to know who abducted Suzie and drowned her three decades ago..........
“I would love to know who killed her. I want to know, need to know. But I have these beautiful memories of this precious child. He has to live with the memory of what he did to her. It’s very sad,” Mary Mages said.
Mary and Del Mages, Suzie’s father, moved from Denton and divorced some years ago, but they remained friendly and keep in touch this time of year.
Del Mages said he still needs answers to some questions. But he feels his daughter with him.
“She’s in my life constantly. It’s been a blessing,” he said.
Officers who worked the case have not forgotten. Howard Kelly, now retired, was the Denton police sergeant who coordinated the missing-person case when Suzie disappeared. He keeps his personal files on the case in a box at his home.
“Those, you never forget,” Kelly said. “You wish that you had caught the guy. You wonder if he’s dead now, or in jail.”
Denton County Sheriff’s Lt. David Scott was a young detective assigned to juvenile cases with the Denton police when Suzie disappeared. There was the possibility she had run away, he said, and his job initially was to talk to her friends and teachers to determine whether that might have been the case.
“She was a bright, pretty little girl. They all told me, ‘no way.’”
Scott vividly remembers the muddy gravel pit, the sights and smells of the autopsy room as he waited in a hallway for t
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