Missing Chase Massner’s mom: ‘I just want the truth’

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

The mother of missing Iraqi War veteran Chase Massner worries that Georgia police have run out of leads in the investigation of what happened to her son. Massner was 26 when he vanished from a friend’s home in Kennesaw, Georgia, on March 27, 2014.

“I just want the truth,” Stephanie Cadena tells Nancy Grace in Wednesday’s “Crime Stories” podcast. “I’m prepared for whatever the truth is. I want to find the answers. I want to find out what happened to Chase and I want to know where he is.”

When Grace asked the mother if she believed her son was still alive, she answered “I do not.”

Massner left behind his cell phone, driver’s license and bank card when he disappeared. His mother does not believe he left voluntarily and is now living in anonymity. “I know my son and I know his heart, and it’s just not possible for him to be off living below the grid. He could not pull that off. He’s got a very sensitive heart. He loves his wife, he loves his daughters, I know he loves me. He just would not do that.”

For an in depth look at the case and what the Cobb County, Georgia, police tell Crime Online, read Leigh Egan’s story.

[Feature Photo: Team Chase]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for