BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Recently authorities across the country were alerted to a person of interest in a Jasper County Homicide Investigation who had possibly taken the murder victim’s vehicle.

Now Becci Sanders vehicle, gray 2015 Subaru Legacy, has been located, abandoned, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, 445 miles away from the Joplin area.

Confirmed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday in a release on social media.

“A man is wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Sarcoxie, Missouri, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in that state. Justin Chase Stevens, 34, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. A vehicle associated with Stevens was located on Fred Madison Rd earlier today. 6’1″, 175 pounds, brown buzz cut, and blue eyes. Do not approach, he is considered armed and dangerous.”


It’s also important to note that Stevens is from Cullman, Alabama. Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a short 225 mile drive south of where the vehicle was located on a quiet stretch of Kentucky road.


KSN-16 Nexstar sister station in Birmingham, Alabama, is also covering the story. Click here to read CBS 42 Headline Story regarding the Cullman, Alabama, man being wanted.

Becci Sanders was laid to rest earlier this week in Carthage, Missouri. She is survived by her husband Marshal Sanders, one daughter, Chloe Grace Sanders of Springfield. And she was preceded in death by one daughter, Emma Claire Sanders in April 2007. Read the full obituary and read tributes at the link here.


ORIGINAL: JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — A person of interest has been named in the investigation of the homicide of a Jasper County woman who lived near Sarcoxie, Missouri. Becci Sanders was found murdered in her home Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021.

The white male now identified as Justin Chase Stevens, 34, of Cullman, Alabama is being sought by local and out-of-state agencies.

It is believed that Stevens arrived in the Sarcoxie area on January 1, 2021. On that date it was reported that he and his sister had crashed their car around the I-44 mile marker 33. They were given a ride to the area of the Sarcoxie Kum & Go where he reportedly ran off into the woods.

The whereabout of Stevens are unknown during the interim time period. Stevens has an active warrant for felony theft and he is being sought at this time.

Stevens should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone that has information about this person of interest is encouraged to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 417-359-9100.

This investigation is being conducted with the collaboration of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Sarcoxie Police Department and various out-of-state agencies.


ORIGINAL: On 1-13-2021 at approximately 8:58 p.m., Jasper County Deputies were dispatched to an unknown medical call at 2755 High St. Sarcoxie, Mo.

Upon arrival Deputies found a female deceased inside the residence. The female was identified as Becci D. Sanders, 46.

Jasper County detectives are currently working this incident as a homicide.

An autopsy was conducted Friday, January 15, 2021. Results of that autopsy are not released as of the printing of this article on January 16, 2021.

A gray 2015 Subaru Legacy with Missouri license plate number VB1Y0E was reported to have been stolen from the residence. The actual photo of that vehicle is included here.