Our wonderful son, John Michael Dilday, was murdered in Kendall County Texas a year ago. John Michael was murdered on Jan. 29, 2009 in Kendall County Texas while on an internship on the Diamond K Ranch. John Michael had been in Texas for only 7 days and 7 hours. He was a bright, happy, friendly young man, happy about pursuing an internship in his chosen field, game preserve management and shooting complex. He had finished his class work at Southeastern Illinois College and about half his internship, and after enjoying some family time, we had packed him up for his internship at the Diamond K Ranch in Texas. Seven days later, we got a call, and the nightmare began.

The Justice of the Peace Debby Hudson refused to have an autopsy performed. The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office told us the seven immigrants our son was placed to live with on the ranch were illegal’s. Sheriff’s Office told us the illegals didn’t murder John Michael because if so they would have run back to Mexico or Honduras. When we finally got a hold of Texas Ranger he informed us he is new to the area and doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. When we went to see the FBI corruption squad in San Antonio they said it wasn’t their jurisdiction. District Attorney Bruce Curry told us he only has one investigator and four counties to cover.

We can’t find answers or justice. We are not rich, famous, or influential. We have always been able to help ourselves and others, but now we feel we are getting nowhere. We can’t help but wonder what they are hiding, or covering up, who is being paid off, and why a human life (even if it’s not a local) is not important enough to thoroughly investigate.

Our son John Michael was a beautiful person and a level headed young man. Our whole community is shocked by this case. It feels like a nightmare. We are now begging for help.

Please help us find the truth. Help us find the Murderer(s).

Angela, Robert, & Rebekah Dilday

Sunday, August 1, 2010