Homicide Investigation; Newton Co. Sheriff’s Detectives on State Line Road; Related to Double Homicide in Jasper Co. Sheriff States

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Sheriff Chris Jennings is seeking two persons of interest in the Homicide. He believes it is related to the Double Homicide in Jasper County on Sunday.

UPDATE: Name and details are now released regarding the weekend Homicide Investigation we brought you live from State Line Road in Newton County. Next of kin have been notified.

[Detectives] were able to identify the remains as belonging to Brylee Obanion. She is a W/F 25 years of age. Our investigation in tracking the last known whereabouts of the victim led us to Jasper County. 2 individuals of interest were being sought by Newton County Detectives for questioning after information was received that they had recently been with the victim. At this point Jasper County Deputies also became involved.   

A double homicide was discovered in Jasper County at this time. Deputies from both agencies believe the homicides are connected. The investigations are continuing with both Newton and Jasper County Deputies working together.

Sheriff Chris Jennings, Newton County

The victim was suffocated and then her body was burned Sheriff Jennings updates FSHP.

BOTH SHERIFF’S BELIEVE THEIR HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS ARE RELATED

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 4:00 PM Saturday tipsters on State Line Road called our tipline telling us they saw what they believed was a body along the roadside and someone was calling authorities.

We went to the location described and discovered multiple Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies in that area along State Line Road, south of Angus Drive surrounded by crime scene tape.

Lieutenant Andy Pike directed us to talk to Sheriff Chris Jennings. The Sheriff told us this is a Homicide Investigation.

Sheriff Jennings said his Detectives had just arrived on the scene so nothing had been processed yet.

He told us that passerby’s had discovered a body beside the road. He was not able to release any information due to next of kin notification not being made at this point.

He could tell us that they would be scheduling an autopsy for Monday or Tuesday.

The Sheriff also reassured us that although this is a Homicide Investigation he feels like this is a targeted incident, so there is no threat to the public.

Additionally as detectives continued working this evening Lieutenant Pike told us the darkness overtook them, so they will be on the scene overnight to maintain the integrity of the crime scene. They will continue in the light of day tomorrow.

If you have any information regarding what might have occurred you are asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office 417-451-8300.

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