SARCOXIE, Mo. — The Jasper County Sheriff's Department said Saturday it has identified "a person of interest" in the homicide of a woman discovered Wednesday night at a residence in Sarcoxie.
That person, identified as being from Alabama, arrived in the Sarcoxie area on Jan. 1, authorities said, and on that date he and his sister had crashed their car on Interstate 44 around mile marker 33. They were given a ride to the area of the Sarcoxie Kum & Go, where he reportedly ran off into nearby woods.
The sheriff's department said the whereabouts of the person remain unknown. They also said the person has an active warrant for felony theft and should be considered armed and dangerous.
No charges have been filed in Jasper County in relation to the homicide.
Becci D. Sanders, 46, was killed a couple of blocks away from the store in her home at 2755 High St. Her husband found her body and called for emergency medical help shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release Friday that an unidentified male believed to have stolen the victim’s 2015 Subaru Legacy may have been on the parking lot of the Kum & Go convenience store at 2577 High St. in Sarcoxie on Wednesday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office says the victim’s missing car is gray and bears Missouri license plate VB1Y0E.
Deputies set up a checkpoint near the convenience store on Friday and were contacting people passing by to see if any had witnessed a man in the area on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators have not released any information about how Sanders was killed. The sheriff’s office said Thursday that an autopsy was being scheduled for Friday. Capt. Derek Walrod of the sheriff’s office declined Friday afternoon to discuss if an autopsy had been performed.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 417-359-9100.