JOPLIN, Mo. — College Heights Christian School went into lockdown Thursday morning around 8 o’clock after a report of a suspicious person in the building.
This information came into law enforcement around the same officers from another jurisdiction were searching for a suspect in a stolen car chase.
Webb City Police said in a statement Thursday afternoon, that the stolen vehicle pursuit started after officers attempted to stop a red pickup truck near the round-about. That chase ended when they say the truck left the road at Hwy 249 and Zora. That’s where they say the suspect ditched the vehicle and ran from the scene on foot.
Officers from the Joplin Police Department, with assistance from Duquesne and Missouri Southern Police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri Highway Patrol searched the school, church, and all the school property. No intruder was found.
The stolen vehicle was recovered, but after searching a heavily wooded area, the suspect was not found.
Concerned parents and loved ones of those inside College Heights waited in the parking lot of the school for word from authorities. Police say they found no evidence of an intruder but decided to keep the school on lockdown as a precaution, while they searched the school, the church, and all of the school’s property.