Lori Ann Slesinskic, a 24-year-old woman from Auburn, Alabama, went missing in 2006. Slesinski’s terrifying case will be revisited and explored in the upcoming edition of CBS’ 48 Hours, which airs on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10 a.m. p.m. / 9 p.m. EST, exclusively on CBS. The episode is called A Man With a Past and the official CBS recap is as follows:
“A young lady is leaving. The main suspect has a criminal past and killed his parents as a child. Has he committed another murder? On Saturday, 48 Hours journalist Peter Van Sant reports.
Viewers have been eager to hear more about the cold case ever since CBS released the official sneak peek trailer for the 48 Hours program titled A Man With a Past.
Learn five key facts about the tragic disappearance and murder of Lori Ann Slesinski.
Who was Lori Ann Slesinski?
Lori Ann Slesinski was a lady who was born in Auburn, Alabama. Arlene and Casey Slesinski gave birth to her. She had a brother named Paul and a puppy named Peanut that she adored. She graduated from Auburn University in 2004. She aspired to a Master of Psychology. She reportedly worked at a nearby mental hospital with her friend Lindsay Braun, whom she met during her freshman year at Auburn University. Lori Ann, who was 24 years old in 2006, had a bright future ahead of her. However, her entire existence was turned upside down when she disappeared on Saturday, June 10, 2006, leaving no trace.
Where was Lori Ann last seen?
Lori Ann’s best friend Lindsay Braun said she was planning to visit Braun’s house for a ladies night out on June 10, 2006. She was last seen that night at a nearby Walmart, picking up supplies for her Braun’s house. Braun told 48 Hours’ Van Sant about Lori Ann’s disappearance the night she disappeared:
“We planned on having cocktails at my house,… We went to drink Rum Runners, watch a movie and just hang out and enjoy some lady time. She called at 6:30am and said “I’ll stop by the store, pick up the drink mixes and then I’ll go to your house”, about 30 minutes later the phone rang. It went off a few times. I replied that no one was there.”
Who exactly is Derrill Ennis?
Derrill Ennis, originally from Auburn, Alabama, was arrested in 2018 and convicted of the kidnapping and cold-blooded murder of Lori Ann Slesinski. He was 38 years old when he was arrested.
According to sources, he used to be acquainted with Lori Ann. According to Braun, Derrill was with Lori the day of her disappearance because she heard his voice in the background when she was on the phone with her. She wasn’t worried though, since Derrill and Lori were friends.
“I wasn’t worried because they were buddies.”
What happened after Lori Ann disappeared?
Lori Ann Slesinski’s relatives and friends realized something was amiss when she often didn’t answer her phone. When one of her co-workers and her best friend went to check on her, they found that her front door was open and her beloved dog alone.
Lori’s relatives reported her missing on June 13, 2006. Lori’s disappearance was first classified as a missing persons investigation by the Alabama Police Department. However, her car exploded four days later in a cul-de-sac outside a construction site. Lori, on the other hand, was nowhere to be seen.
What will happen to Derrill Ennis?
For more than a decade, the case remained unsolved. However, the case was revived in 2016, and after an 18-month investigation, investigators uncovered enough evidence to prove Derrill Ennis’ participation in the crime.
Ennis was detained by officials in rural Virginia in August 2018. The gruesome murder of Lori Ann Slesinski was brought against him. He was arrested and placed in the Montgomery County Virginia Jail without bail. He is expected to face charges of murder in March 2022.