Bobby and Vince are arrested and Bobby blames Stacy's disappearance on Vince.
When confronted by this lie, Vince admits that Bobby was the one last seen with her, and later reveals that when he came back alone, he said that "if he can't have her, no one's gonna." Vince is free to go, since he told Detective Anderson the truth, that he didn't know if Bobby killed Stacy.
Later that night, Bobby, accompanied by an acquaintance, Vince Fortner, convinces Stacy to get into his car for a ride.He drives to the lake and walks off with her to be alone. Most people guess that she hitchhiked and was murdered, but Laura suspects that Bobby has something to do with it especially after she finds Stacy's purse in his room.Nicki is also convinced that he is responsible for her disappearance and asks Carla, a witness on the night that she disappeared, for information.Her reluctance to tell what happened frustrates Nicki.Meanwhile, Nicki and her friend, Val Cho, also grow concerned about Stacy’s relationship with him.
Nicki soon learns from her cousin, Donna Fowler, that he has a history of being physically abusive and his last girlfriend moved away because of it.
Bobby later wins Stacy’s trust back by telling her about the alcoholism that runs in his family.
They are happy for a while, but trouble begins again when he sees her talking to another boy at the school dance.
Her worry grows when she notices that Stacy has several unexplained bruises on her body.
She talks to her about what she heard, but Stacy, frustrated, assures her that she can take care of herself.
She tries to explain that she was only dressing up for him, but he becomes more furious before throwing and slamming her into the wall.