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3 teens killed in crash near Stockton, Mo., MCIU investigate tragedy

CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol release preliminary information regarding a crash where three teens died east of Jerico Springs, Mo. on Thursday, August 4.

The single vehicle crash involved a 2006 Toyota Scion with five male teens, traveling westbound on State Hwy B.

The driver, Clay Palmer, 19, of Cleveland, Mo. died at the scene.

Two passengers were also killed including, Ryan Chick, 18, of Cabool, Mo. and Logan Meerkatz, 18, of Cleveland, Mo.

Two passengers survived including, Bradley Kidwell, 18, of Cabool, he suffered serious injuries. And Taylor Ranney, 18, of Mountain Grove, Mo. suffered moderate injuries.

[Toyota] topped a hill, became airborne, travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. All three deceased were ejected and all three pronounced at the scene shortly after impact.” — Tpr M. Obert of Troop D

The crashed vehicle was removed by Mike’s Wrecker of Stockton, Mo.

The crash is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Unit.

MCIU (MAJOR CRASH INVESTIGATION UNIT)

The Troop D MCIU was summoned to process the crash. Each MCIU officer is, “trained in the human, mechanical and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.”

There are currently four teams located across the state. Each one utilizes Robotic Total Station technology, allowing for the accurate and fair depiction of crash scenes diagrammed to scale.

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Missing from Joplin now 30 years; Police continue seeking leads in Tracy Pickett case

JOPLIN, Mo. – Tracy A. Picket was last seen August 12, 1992. She left her residence in Joplin to spend the night with a friend. Her family has gone 30 years without answers as to what happened to her. Police continue to seek in the missing persons case.

There have been two suspects in Tracy’s disappearance. One was her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, Ernest Hensley, who is now deceased. The second has been identified as Lowell Andrew Billy, who admitted to giving her a ride in his van in the early morning of the day she disappeared.

Joplin Police continue working this case. Even today stating in a media release, “As another anniversary of the disappearance approaches, we strongly encourage anyone in the community who has any information to come forward. If you, or anyone you know, has any information or tips related to this case, we encourage you to please contact Captain Nick Jimenez at 417-623-3131 x1676.”

From NCMEC: “On August 11, 1992, Tracy left her Joplin, Missouri home to spend the night with a female friend in the 800 block of Daugherty Avenue in Webb City, Missouri. Tracy’s mother allowed her to go, thinking her friend lived with her parents and they would be there to supervise; in fact, the girl lived on her own.

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There was a party at the residence that night. According to witnesses, one of the guests, a man named Al, kept staring at Tracy all night and even asked her if she was wearing panties.

Eventually he offered to give her a ride home to Joplin so she could change her clothes. He was supposed to return her to her friend’s apartment afterwards. He drove a black van with two sunroofs, louvered side windows and Oklahoma license plates, and witnesses stated there was a gun inside it.

Tracy has never been heard from again. A week after her disappearance, authorities located and interviewed the individual who gave her the ride. By then he had left the state. “Al” was actually named Lowell Andrew Billy, and he had a prison record. Billy claimed he dropped Tracy off outside a pawnshop in downtown Joplin.

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A year after Tracy’s disappearance, Billy was charged with kidnapping, rape and forcible sodomy in Oklahoma. He eventually pleaded no contest and sentenced to seven years in prison.  During the summer of 1993, he had picked up a Tulsa, Oklahoma woman who was hitchhiking, held her captive for about four hours, and beat and sexually assaulted her. He was released from prison but later jailed for failing to register as a sex offender according to The Charley Project.

Authorities attempted to drain an old mining pit in the area in 2005 to no avail. Then in 2018 and 2019 police searched ponds in an area north and south of West Zora Ave on the north edge of Joplin.

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Teen killed, second airlifted to Springfield, Mo. hospital after farm vehicle overturns in crash

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol report a single vehicle crash occurred Wednesday morning just north of Phelps, Mo. Two teens were in the vehicle. One died at the scene and another suffered moderate injuries.

Sources tell us the 16-year-old male driver of Mount Vernon, Mo. was operating a farm vehicle that overturned just before 10:30 a.m.  A 14-year-old male passenger of Greenfield, Mo. was flown to a Springfield hospital.

Phelps is an unincorporated town/village about 20 miles east of Carthage, Mo. along MO-96, formerly US-66. The post office ceased operation in 1864.

Information provided in a preliminary report state an International LF687 was traveling south on Route UU towards MO-96.  It crashed about 1/10th of a mile before the intersection.

Crash occurred as [LF687] traveled off the roadway and overturned.” –  MSgt S.C. Jones and Cpl K.R. Waters

Silverado Towing of Stotts City removed the vehicle from the scene.

Troopers were assisted by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Lawrence County Coroner Scott Lakin claimed the body and transported to Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City, Mo.

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Newton Co. man killed in t-bone crash east of Neosho, Mo.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening reports of a t-bone crash at State Hwy H and Norway Road alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Granby Fire Dept, Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

On the scene we learn the crash proved fatal to one driver, George Eads, 90, of Granby, Mo. He was pronounced on scene. Next of kin have now been notified on Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol MCIU (Major Crash Investigation Unit) were summoned to investigate the crash, which is protocol, when two or more vehicles are involved in a crash resulting in death.

The two-vehicle t-bone crash involved Eads, driving a 2006 Nissan Sentra, traveling eastbound on Norway Road.

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Jeffrey Parman, 25, of Rocky Comfort, Mo. was driving a 2014 Mustang, traveling southbound on State Hwy H.  He suffered moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Crash occurred as [Nissan] failed to yield to [Ford].” – Tpr J.T. Martin, Troop D / Newton-McDonald County Zone

Ron’s Towing of Neosho removed the two vehicles.

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Carthage, Mo. man killed as tractor trailer overturns on Baseline Blvd

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 1 p.m. Tuesday reports of a serious crash on Baseline Blvd near Civil War Road alerted Jasper County E911.

Jasper Fire Dept, Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and Mercy EMS responded emergency. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified.

On the scene of the crash the roadway was completely blocked. Tpr B. Walker tells us it was a single vehicle crash, the driver was killed.

Next of kin have been notified.

Mark Tidball, 64, was driving a 1988 Freightliner pulling a lime spreader trailer west on Baseline Blvd nearing CR150.

Occurred as [tractor trailer] went off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver.” — Tpr B. Walker

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Jasper County Coroner Randy Nace claimed the body about 2:15 p.m.

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Rear-ended at highway speed, car is smashed as pickup overturns

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – About 6:15 a.m. reports of a two-vehicle crash at 7th and Central City, west of Joplin alerted Jasper County E-911.

Carl Junction Fire Dept, Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and METS ambulance responded.  Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified.

On the scene Tpr J.D. Fischer of Troop D tells us both vehicles were traveling westbound on 7th.  The passenger car slowed to turn north onto Central City Road and was rear-ended at highway speed by the pickup truck, which then overturned.  The crash came to rest northwest of the intersection taking down a southbound stop sign.

Tpr Fischer tells us no one required transport to a hospital.

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Two people in the passenger car and one driver in the pickup.  All three people involved were wearing seat belts.

H&H Wrecker and Chuck’s Towing both removed the vehicles from the crash scene.

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Body discovered at long-abandoned farmhouse in Carytown, Jasper County Sheriff’s Detectives investigate

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon reports of a vehicle with a person inside near Civil War and Pine Road alerted Jasper County E911.

Jasper County Deputies responded to a long-abandoned farmhouse in Carytown on Pine Road west of Civil War Road.

On the scene Jasper County Detectives tell us a cream-colored Ford Edge was located behind the farmhouse. The body of an individual was in the vehicle. It is thought to be missing Alba woman, Michele Stone.

Also located at the scene was a poodle, Stone’s missing dog, Liberty. Deputies said she was very thirsty.

Next of kin have been notified. And Liberty is with family now.

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Jasper County Coroner Randy Nace claimed the body about 4:30 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected at this time.  An autopsy will be scheduled as part of the continuing investigation. Those details are unknown at this time.

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Motorcycle collides with woman in roadway, MCIU investigate fatal crash

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Tuesday morning, July 26, shortly before 4:15 a.m. reports of a motorcycle crash near Racine Apostolic Church alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

Seneca Rural Fire District, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

The crash involved a motorcycle and pedestrian near State Hwy K and Crow Road, one mile west of Racine. The pedestrian died on the scene.

The motorcycle, 2001 Honda CMX250, was operated by Nicholas Livermore, 40, of Racine, Mo. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to Freeman Hospital.

The pedestrian is identified as Johanna DeRose, 32, also of Racine, she was pronounced deceased at time of impact by Newton County Coroner Dale Owen. Next of kin have been notified.

“[Honda CMX250] struck [DeRose] in the roadway and overturned ejecting [Livermore]. [DeRose] was pronounced on scene at 4:10 a.m.” — CPL G.H. Hendrix of Troop D

The crash scene was closed to all traffic until about 7:30 a.m.  The crash is being investigated by the Major Incident Crash Unit (MCIU) Team #3.

Doug’s Towing removed the crashed motorcycle.

The deceased was transported to the Newton County Coroner’s office.

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‘Bear in the Air’ over Joplin; Police agencies work an aggressive vehicle enforcement event

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Saturday the Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers along with local Jasper County agencies conducted a traffic operation.

Joplin Police confirm with us the JPD Traffic Unit, along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s office are assisting the MSHP, conducting an aggressive vehicle enforcement event focused at impaired and careless drivers.

“Joplin Officers are participating in a hazardous moving violation detail with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Jasper County Sheriffs office this evening to enforce dangerous driving. Joplin Officers are using overtime funds provided from the Missouri Department of Transportation.” — SGT JARED DELZELL, JPD

Starting about 5 p.m. Saturday, Missouri State Highway Patrol had their helicopter above monitoring traffic.

INCIDENT AS JOPLIN POLICE SURROUND A RESIDENCE

Just before 7 p.m. Joplin Police officers on S Rangeline followed a sport bike west on 20th to a residence with the help of MSHP. The occupant(s) fled on foot into a house near the 2100 block of S Virginia.

As police surrounded the house, it was a short time before occupants were talking to police. The sport bike we are told was doing 80 in a 35.

Tipsters shared images continuing to tell the story.

Watch for our live updates from Shannon Becker.