He claimed she left in the middle of the night in August and had not been seen since.
On Sept. 16, 2016, the FBI shared photos with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office showing a "partially-clothed female in a cage," who officials identified as Rainwater.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said, "The other photos depicted Cassidy’s body bound to a gantry crane, commonly used for deer processing, and her evisceration and dismemberment."
Her remains were found in a freezer on Phelps' property, and detectives uncovered incriminating messages between Norton and Phelps in which they reportedly discussed planning her killing.
Norton reportedly told FBI agents Sept. 20, 2021, that he went to Phelps' house while Cassidy slept on the living room floor and he held her down as Phelps strangled her and put a bag over her head. Then, the two men "took a short break before carrying her body outside."
Phelps reportedly tied her to the crane and "began evisceration and dismemberment of Cassidy’s body."
Norton told officials he assisted in carrying Rainwater back into the house and putting her in the bathtub.