LOCATED: Son/POI of Ft. Scott double homicide victims in custody

Local News


BOURBON COUNTY, Kans. — Authorities tell us Dawson Mitchell, a POI in his parent’s double homicide, has been located.

Mitchell was arrested around 1 PM today near the intersection of 5th St. and Judson St. in Ft. Scott.

He was arrested for Theft of a Firearm, Posession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances. He was bookoed into the Bourbon County jail.

Mitchell has not been charged related to the murders.


BOURBON COUNTY, Kans. — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Ft. Scott PD are investigating after two were found shot in their home Tuesday night.

Ft. Scott PD arrived at 402 Main St. in Ft. Scott around 7:40 PM to find a woman, 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell, dead from a gunshot wound and 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman also deceased at the scene.

The victims’ son, 23-year-old Dawson J. Mitchell, of Ft. Scott, is considered a POI in this case and wanted for questioning.

Mitchell is a white male, around 5’7″ in height, and weighs approximately 160lbs. He is described as having blond hair and blue eyes and last seen wearing blue jeans, a Carhartt-style coat, and a baseball cap.

This investigation remains ongoing and the public is asked to call their local law enforcement office should they have any tips on the whereabouts of Mitchell.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories