Two Discovered Dead at Avilla Residence, Jasper Co. Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Double Homicide; Connected to Newton Co. Homicide both Sheriff’s State

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The two dead are 34 years old, a male and female.

UPDATE: The Jasper County Double Homicide Investigation releases the names of the two victims from Sunday. Mason McClure, 34, and Nicole Hodges, 34, Joplin. Autopsies were conducted Monday. Preliminary results indicate that both of them died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Overnight about 3:00 AM next of kin was located for one of the victims by the Sheriff’s office. Now more information is released regarding this Double Homicide investigation at 255 Greenfield, Avilla, Missouri.

“At approximately 4:30 AM, 02-22-2021, a suspect in the crime, Kevin C. Johnson, 24, Reeds, was arrested for homicide. He is currently being held in the Jasper County Jail awaiting formal charges. There are no other suspects being sought at this time.”

Sheriff Randee Kaiser, Jasper County
Kevin C. Johnson, 24, Reeds, was arrested and booked into the Jasper County Detention Center at 0456 AM Monday morning. He is being held on a PC BOND under two charges of First Degree Murder.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office believes this Double Homicide investigation is related to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Investigation Saturday on State Line Road.


Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings told on the scene Saturday afternoon a passerby noticed the body in the east ditch. The remains are now identified as 25-year-old Brylee Obanion.

Our investigation in tracking the last known where abouts 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

AVILLA, Mo. — About 5:30 PM Sunday evening an individual checking on a friend was met with a locked door at a residence in Avilla. Looking through the window they could see the resident, but couldn’t rouse them to come to the door.

Avilla Fire Department were summoned to enter the residence.

Upon entering they discovered two deceased individuals.

Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser tells us this is currently a Death Investigation.

He says they have yet to locate next of kin for both individuals. So names are not being released at this time. Additionally it’s too early to speculate on the cause of death.

“We anticipate we will be on the scene for a long time tonight. We will have more information in the morning.”

If anyone has any information contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office 417-358-8177.

BOTH SHERIFF’S BELIEVE THEIR HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND ARE RELATED.

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