This Mom’s 8-Year-Old Son Solved Her Murder

Police couldn’t find her, but Rebecca Hoover’s son revealed the truth 1 month later.

Malinda Fusco
4 min readAug 11, 2022


Rebecca Hoover; Source

The last time anyone saw Rebecca Hoover alive was August 2nd, 2020. Three days later, she was reported missing, but the person to solve her disappearance and murder wouldn’t be the police…

This is the heartbreaking story of how Rebecca’s 8-year-old son solved her murder.

Who was Rebecca Hoover?

Rebecca Hoover was a 38-year-old woman who lived in New Albany, Indiana with her husband and three children. Her husband, Judson Hoover, was 50 years old at the time of her disappearance. The son that would solve her murder? Only 8-years-old.

However, even before her disappearance, the police were no strangers to the Hoover residence.

Judson Hoover was charged with a felony shortly before her disappearance…

A Troubled Relationship

Judson & Rebecca Hoover; Source

Right before Rebecca’s disappearance, Judson was charged with multiple felonies for strangulation, battery, and domestic abuse.

During a fit of rage, one of the children saw Judson choke and beat Rebecca. The child ran to the neighbor’s house for help, and thus the police were called and charges pressed.

However, Judson was released on bond. It was while he was out on bond that Rebecca disappeared…

When Rebecca’s mother wasn’t able to reach her for over three days, her mother called the police and asked them to do a wellness check.

During the wellness check, Judson was cooperative. He allowed the police inside his home to search the premise. Their search turned up nothing.

A Disturbing Counseling Session

Weeks later, it wouldn't be the police or detectives to solve the mystery of Rebecca’s disappearance. Instead, it would be Rebecca’s 8-year-old son.



Malinda Fusco

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