Naturally, perhaps, Michael began to suspect that Diane knew something about Ricky’s disappearance. She nevertheless permitted the police to conduct a search of her property, though, and yet they found no sign of the missing boy. For two years, then, Ricky’s location remained a mystery – although Michael continued to suspect that Diane knew more than she was letting on.
Then in 2009 police received a tip-off that led them back to Diane’s house once more. So, on September 4, they arrived at the two-story property in a rural area of Franklin County, IL. And while Ricky was initially nowhere to be seen, their search eventually led them to take a look behind a dresser that was pushed up against a wall.