The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 13, 2012

Murder warrant issued in Pierce City slaying

PIERCE CITY, Mo. — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Martin Meza in the slaying of Able Ibarra, of Purdy.

Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies are seeking Meza, 28, of Pierce City, on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Ibarra, 45, whose body was discovered about 9 a.m. Sunday along a roadway in a wooded area of the county.

His death is believed to be linked to a call Saturday night reporting possible shots fired with injury at a residence northeast of Pierce City. Deputies responding to the call found a large amount of blood but no one still at the residence. The body was discovered several hours later a few miles from the residence.

The Lawrence County sheriff’s office said in a news release that Meza, also known as Carlos Gonzalez, should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is being asked to call 911.

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