Quantcast

Authorities need assistance identifying missing person - KOAM TV 7

Authorities need assistance identifying missing person

Updated:
Jonny Slater Jonny Slater
JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI -

(7/6):  The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Joplin Police Department request your assistance. 
The skeletal remains that were recovered near Carterville, Mo. on June 3rd 2015 have tentatively been identified by authorities as Jonny Slater. Mr. Slater was reported missing, from his residence located at 514 S. St. Louis St., to the Joplin Police Department on 09-04-2014. 

The skeletal remains have been sent to a forensic laboratory in Texas for DNA verification. 
Preliminary investigations lead investigators to believe that the cause of death is suspicious in nature. If you have information about the disappearance of Jonny Slater please contact the Jasper County Sheriff's Office or the Joplin Police Department.  

Jonny has a tattoll on his arm that says "the Life" and has a scar on his right hand. 

(6/4):  A surveyor discovers skeletal remains in Jasper County and now authorities are working to find where they came from.

The Jasper County Sheriff's office today released a bit new information after skeletal remains were found in a rural area yesterday afternoon.

Teams are still out investigating the location, a location officials are describing, as a wooded, brushy area with rough terrain in North Central Jasper County where a surveyor discovered the remains yesterday afternoon.

It's an area of approximately five acres where cadaver dogs from the Four State Search and Rescue Team have been out sniffing for clues. The sheriff's office is treating the investigation as suspicious.

"We are doing whatever we need to do. Digging, looking, searching whatever we need to do we're looking for. We just, like I said, the main goal is to get this person identified and then that'll kind of lead us in which direction we need to go,” says Jasper County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Captain Derek Walrod.

About half of a skeleton was found in that undisclosed location, remains that investigators say are without a doubt those of a human. The sheriff's office is working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Forensic Lab to identify the persons age, gender, and time of death.

Captain Walrod says Jasper County detectives do not have any missing persons cases still open over the last three years.

# # #

Jasper County Sheriff's PIO Derek Walrod reveals at a press conference just now wrapping up at the Sheriff's Office that the remains found in North Central Jasper County are without doubt those of a human. He says about fifty percent of a skeleton has been recovered after remains were first spotted by a surveyor in a wooded, brushy area yesterday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office is treating the investigation as suspicious because the body was found in a very remote area. Officials are searching an approximately five acre area, but aren't yet releasing the body's exact location to protect the nature of the scene as the investigation is still ongoing.

Forensic analysts from the Missouri State Highway Patrol are still trying to piece together whether the body belongs to a male or female, the age of the body, and the time of death.

Walrod says Jasper County detectives do not have any open missing persons cases in the last three years.

From the Jasper County Sheriff's Office:

A press conference will be held today, Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, located at 231 South Main in Carthage.

The press conference is in regards to the skeletal remains found on Wednesday. We have a reporter at the news conference, and will have more details today on KOAM News @ 12.

# # #

(6/3):  Today at approximately 12:30 pm, we received information of skeletal remains in the North Central part of Jasper County.

We are handling this as a death investigation. No further information is available at this time. We will continue to send out updates as they become available.

# # #

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Rape Charges, Court Documents Received

    Rape Charges, Court Documents Received

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:30 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:30:29 GMT

    KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint on a rape case out of Marionville, Missouri (Lawrence County). On June 6th, 2018, an officer with the Aurora Marionville Police Department was given a case on child endangerment involving 34-year-old Amanda Morton of Mount Vernon and four juveniles. According to documents, the crime happened on May 13th, 2018. Authorities say they got video footage of Morton going into the Casey's General Store on S. Highw...

    More >>

    KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint on a rape case out of Marionville, Missouri (Lawrence County). On June 6th, 2018, an officer with the Aurora Marionville Police Department was given a case on child endangerment involving 34-year-old Amanda Morton of Mount Vernon and four juveniles. According to documents, the crime happened on May 13th, 2018. Authorities say they got video footage of Morton going into the Casey's General Store on S. Highw...

    More >>
  • Drive-By Shooting: Court Documents Received

    Drive-By Shooting: Court Documents Received

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-06-20 16:33:18 GMT
    Jacob DavisJacob Davis

    KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint for 17-year-old Jacob Davis. The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with five counts of shooting from a motor vehicle at a person, vehicle or house, and five counts of armed criminal action. According to court documents, on June 14th, 2018 in the area of 407 N. Pearl Ave., Davis reportedly shot multiple times in the direction of five people. Three of those people knew Davis and identified...

    More >>

    KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint for 17-year-old Jacob Davis. The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with five counts of shooting from a motor vehicle at a person, vehicle or house, and five counts of armed criminal action. According to court documents, on June 14th, 2018 in the area of 407 N. Pearl Ave., Davis reportedly shot multiple times in the direction of five people. Three of those people knew Davis and identified...

    More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-20

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-20

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:28 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:28:56 GMT
    ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU files a lawsuit against the Kansas Secretary of State.  The suit against Secretary of State Kris Kobach is over a multi-state voter registration database.  The ACLU claims it exposed sensitive information including partial social security numbers from nearly 1000 Kansas voters.  Kobach's office had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. LT. GOVERNOR CHALLENGE The Missouri Democratic party is challenging Governor Parson's authority to select h...More >>
    ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU files a lawsuit against the Kansas Secretary of State.  The suit against Secretary of State Kris Kobach is over a multi-state voter registration database.  The ACLU claims it exposed sensitive information including partial social security numbers from nearly 1000 Kansas voters.  Kobach's office had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. LT. GOVERNOR CHALLENGE The Missouri Democratic party is challenging Governor Parson's authority to select h...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.