A Missouri rancher is getting tired of making disturbing discoveries on her Henry County land. Lyn Mitchell said she is out of reasonable explanations for what’s to blame for killing her livestock.
“It’s just something I want some answers to,” she said.
Mitchell found the first cow in December 2011.
“She had obviously been cut on the side of her jaw,” Mitchell said. “Her tongue was gone, her ear was gone.”
She initially assumed the animal had fallen victim to teenagers or was part of a sacrificial ritual, until earlier this month. Mitchell made the next discovery on July 9.
“I looked first to see her tongue was gone, then immediately noticed the udder had been completely removed,” Mitchell said.
The reproductive organs were gone too, Mitchell said. A char mark outlining the cow’s body – still visible today – made the death even more mysterious.
Finally on July 19, Mitchell found the third cow. She said its heart was exposed and its teats were cut off.
All three animals’ tongues were also cut out.
Mitchell said the cuts all looked surgical with clean, precise incisions. And in all three deaths, Mitchell said there was no blood despite the animals’ gaping wounds.