On Mar. 3, 1983, at approximately 8 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about the discovery of two deceased people at the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton. Responding deputies located one male and one female deceased on the property. The male was identified as 20-year-old Steven Fisher and the female was identified as 17-year-old Melisa Gregory, both of Newton. The manner of death for both was determined to be homicide.
According to a news release from Jasper County Sheriff John R. Halferty, after completing hundreds of interviews and processing the evidence, on Monday, Mar. 3, “exactly 31 years later, I am announcing the arrest of Theresa ‘Terri’ Supino, 53, of Altoona, on two counts of murder in the first degree for the death of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Ms. Supino was arrested today at her home by officers of the Altoona Police Department and Jasper County deputies. Ms. Supino is being held in the Jasper County Jail on $400,000 bond. In March of 1983, Ms. Supino, also known as Theresa Fisher, was married to Steven Fisher. As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation and Ms. Supino is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”
For the last 31 years, according to the news release, the deaths of Fisher and Gregory have weighed heavy on their families, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, and many in Jasper County. Since the bodies were discovered, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Newton Police Department, the Jasper County Attorney's Office, the Office of the State Medical Examiner, and the Division of Criminal Investigation have continued to work to bring justice for Fisher and Gregory.
“The arrest of Ms. Supino does not end this investigation,” Halferty said. “I encourage anyone with additional information on this case to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 641-792-5912. In the 31 years since the deaths of Steven and Melisa, the deputies, officers, agents, criminalists, and many others have remained dedicated to assuring this case was never forgotten and that Steven and Melisa were never forgotten.”
To assure Ms. Supino receives a fair trial, no additional comments will be made about the case against her.