Man dies after stabbing at commuter parking lot on I-49, police have no leads

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Harrisonville police have identified the victim of the city’s first homicide in years as a 61-year-old man. Emory Spainhour of Harrisonville, Missouri was found at a QuikTrip parking lot early Monday, September 20.

The stabbing occurred in the commuter parking lot on I-49, exit 160. Now authorities have reached a point where they have no suspect and they are seeking help from the public.

COMMUTER PARKING LOT WHERE STABBING OCCURRED. GOOGLE STREET VIEW.

The incident happened at about 2 a.m. at the QuikTrip near 291 Highway and Rock Haven Road. But police told FOX4 the preliminary investigation leads them to believe the victim was stabbed in a commuter parking lot about a block away from the gas station.

When officers got to the scene, they found the man had been stabbed multiple times in his torso. He was was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

A murder investigation is rare in Harrisonville. Police told KSNF sister station FOX4, the last one they remember happened in 2016.

Investigators believe the victim, Spainhour, was homeless and living in his car. Detectives are unsure why someone wanted to hurt him, and are asking anyone who saw anything to get in touch with them.

COMMUTER PARKING LOT WHERE STABBING OCCURRED.

“There is some traffic there at that time, so we know there could be some witnesses out there. Even if they don’t think it’s very important in their mind, it may be that small piece we need that leads to the bigger piece,” Lt. Chris Osterberg of the Harrisonville Police Dept said.

There aren’t surveillance cameras near the commuter lot, and police say QuikTrip’s surveillance didn’t reveal much to go on.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harrisonville investigators at 816-380-8950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS to remain anonymous.

As we continue to investigate the homicide of Emory Spainhour, we are asking for your help. Detectives will be asking…

Posted by Harrisonville Missouri Police Department on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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