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Mother of victim in cold case speaks out about suspect’s arrest

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For 21 years she's wondered where her daughter's body was and how she died. The mother of Vicki Lynn Nisbett, who went missing in Williamson County in 1991, talks about the recent arrest of her former son-in-law for murder.

In December of 1991, 29-year-old Vicki Lynn Nisbett disappeared from her Anderson Mill area apartment.

Investigators say her husband, Rex Nisbett, who she was in the process of divorcing, said at the time that she just left.

Nisbett's mother Carol Johnson told us by phone Friday, when officers called, she immediately suspected Rex was behind her daughter's disappearance.

"I knew he did something and I still don't know what he did, but I know he did something," Johnson said.

Vicki's blood was found in the master bedroom. Her station wagon was located along MoPac in Austin two months later.

Johnson thought it was an open-and-shut case. She remembers talking with then, District Attorney Ken Anderson.

"His answer to me was well we really don't have a body and you really can't do anything without a body which I know is wrong," Johnson said. "Every time I talked to him he would say let's give it another few weeks, see if she turns up, well she probably just needed some time off away from her family. He just kept coming up with excuses."

We reached out to Anderson, who is now a county judge, but our phone call was not returned.

The Johnson's held a press conference on the one year anniversary of Vicki's death. Her father pleaded for help from the community.

"We do believe there are people out there who have seen or heard something may have seen or heard where she might be buried. We would just beg somebody to come forward so we can give her a decent and proper burial," said Earl Johnson.

The couple called the lead investigator every month for ten years, but then gave up. The one thing they didn't change their minds about was who killed their daughter.

"Rex just kind of made a joke at the time about everything. He was just confident I guess that 'hey I did something, I got away with it, you can't do anything.' His arrogance was just more than I could take," Carol Johnson said.

At the beginning of this year, a break-though. One of Vicki's friends heard that Jana Duty had been elected as the new district attorney. She sent duty an email about the case.

On Thursday a grand jury indicted Rex Nisbett for murder. He is now in the Williamson County Jail.

The pain is just as fresh for the family as the day they learned Vicki was missing 21 years ago.

"Every day I think of her. Every day I wonder what happened. I wonder what happened to her. I wonder about her boys and how they're doing. I just want to know where my daughter's at, " Johnson said.

If you have any information that would help investigators, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867.

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