Ripple in Still Water is the story of the McGonigle family of Kansas City, MO, and the search for their son Frank who disappeared from their home in 1982. For nine years they searched with the help of police departments, sheriff's departments, private investigators, and the prayers of many friends.
In 1991 a Kansas City, KS, police detective happened upon Frank's case file tucked in the back of a drawer and asked permission to reopen it. Within days the detective discovered, with the aid of the national crime computer, that the body of a man fitting Frank's description had been found in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, about five days after Frank had left home. He had been shot twice in the head.
In the days that followed, the family and the coroner and sheriff of Georgetown County, SC, met and shared the saga that had consumed their lives for much of the previous decade.
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Cosgrove, James. "Ripple in Still Water." (1996). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/237