JOPLIN, Mo.– Detectives with the Joplin Police Department have been actively working on this investigation, which started early on December 4th.

On Monday, December 7th, 2020, an autopsy for David Crowder was conducted at Frontier Forensics in Kansas City, Kansas. The preliminary cause of death is smoke inhalation/carbon monoxide poisoning. After further investigation, Elizabeth M. Baez, age 39 of Joplin, and Tiffany A. Lukasiewicz, age 39 of Pittsburg, Kansas have been taken into custody.

Tiffany Lukasiewicz
Elizabeth Baez

Warrants were issued with No Bond. Mugshots of both are attached. The investigation is
continuing, and any further developments will be released as they become available.

The following charges have been sought on both Baez and Lukasiewicz and were filed by the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on December 10th:
• Murder in the 2nd Degree
• Arson in the 1st Degree
• Domestic Assault in the 1st Degree.