By Lindy Thackston
SHELBYVILLE (July 30, 2014) – Shelbyville police arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of his girlfriend four years ago.
Scott Schuck was arrested on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Police blocked off roads Tuesday to search for Rebecca Cassidy, who was last seen four years ago. Crews dug for hours looking for her remains.
Schuck told FOX59 he was Cassidy’s boyfriend for five years and denied having any knowledge of her disappearance. Shelbyville police said they located what appeared to be human remains on the property.
“Her and I’s relationship, we connected, she came a long way and everything,” Schuck told FOX59 Tuesday. “I have no clue what happened. I just know when she left here it’s the last time I’ve seen her.”
“If it takes two days, three weeks, four months, two years, let them waste their time,” he said. “It hurts me to see my property destroyed.”
Cassidy, a mother of two, was reported missing by her family after she failed to show up for work at a nearby truck stop in April 2010.
Schuck told FOX 59 he was Cassidy’s boyfriend for about five years and has cooperated with authorities since she disappeared. He said he was shocked when officers arrived with a search warrant Tuesday morning. He sat on a couch on a front porch across the street and watched what was happening all day and into the night.
Search dogs, detectives and experts from the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensics team were all looking for Cassidy’s remains Tuesday. A tow truck was brought in to move a shed so crews could search below it.
By Wednesday, a blue tent covered the backyard as investigators continued to work.
Schuck’s neighbor Harvey Baker said, “Easygoing guy. He waved at you when you went to work. He cleaned all the snow and stuff off the street. In the dead of winter, he was out here doing his thing.”
Brad Nicholson, who said he’s been Schuck’s best friend since they were five-years-old, said, “He’s a good man. He really is. He’s the type of guy that loves everybody.”
“When he does something he’s not sure is right, he talks about it and he’s always told on himself about many things,” said Nicholson. “He never talked about this other than, I don’t know Brad, I don’t know Brad, it’s just weird, she just disappeared.”
Friends of Cassidy lined Elm Street all day Tuesday and for most of the day Wednesday after the arrest.
“I knew her very well,” said Farron Doolin. “She’s very loved by all my family. She was outgoing. Always smiles.”
“We love her. We miss her. Now we all can have closure,” said Doolin. “I’m glad her mother and her kids know now. It’s been four years. It was time.”
Schuck’s first court appearance is set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.