It’s September in rural Illinois, and police officers are assembling around a family home. They are searching for Ricky Chekevdia, a young boy who hasn’t been seen for almost two years. At first, there’s no sign of him – but then officers inside the property notice something strange about a dresser against one of the walls. And what they discover sends shivers down their spines.
Michael Chekevdia and Shannon Wilfong had always had a troubled, on-and-off relationship; and even when their son Richard – known as Ricky – was born in 2002, the arguments apparently didn’t stop. However, the parents initially worked out an agreement to share custody of the young boy.