BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Audrey Cardenas was an aspiring journalist. Her career path included an assignment as an intern reporter with the Belleville News Democrat in 1988. Her mother, Billie Fowler, described her daughter as, “a very strong, ambitious, young woman.”
Those dreams of having a long career as a reporter ended abruptly when Cardenas was murdered in June of 1988. Belleville Police scoured an area near a creek after her body was found.