Some 34 years after the fact there may now be some closure on the near horizon after the 1984 murder of a 15-year-old from Eldon. The capital murder trial of Martin Dean Priest is set to begin today in a Laclede County courtroom. Tammy Rothganger was last seen on May 16, 1984, after getting in a car with Priest and an unidentified male juvenile who reported that Priest had struck Rothganger in the head with a wrench before raping her and then strangling her. They then hid the body at a residence before burying it in an unmarked location. The body has never been found. Priest had been living with Rothganger’s mother at the time of the alleged, murder and until recently had been serving a life sentence in a Kansas prison for an unrelated murder conviction. Priest was also accused but not convicted for three other murders. He is currently being held in the Miller County Jail and, if convicted, could receive the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole. Four days have been set aside for the jury trial.