(Update) Cullman Co. man wanted in Missouri homicide located in West Point, takes own life

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Justin Chase Stevens (Jasper County Sheriff's Office)

Updated 1-30-21 6:40 p.m.

The Cullman man wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Sarcoxie, Missouri was located in West Point in Cullman County Saturday. He is deceased. A post from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri said Justin Chase Stevens, 34, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
From the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office:
 
“At approximately 4 p.m., 01-30-2021, Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies were advised of a possible location of Justin Chase Stevens. The information received was that he was staying in the garage of a residence. Deputies surrounded the house and attempted to call him out. After not responding to requests to exit the residence, deputies went into the garage and found Stevens dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The next of kin has been notified.
 
“The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is appreciative of the assistance from various law enforcement agencies throughout the course of this investigation.”
 
According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office:

 

“Earlier today, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received information as to the whereabouts of Justin Chase Stevens. As previously reported, Stevens was being sought in connection with a homicide in Jasper (County), Missouri, as well as a warrant for felony theft. CCSO also has a Sexual Abuse 1st Degree warrant for Stevens.

“Cullman County investigators, patrol deputies and the Cullman County Special Response Team went to a residence in the West Point area in an attempt to locate Stevens. Investigators attempted to communicate with Stevens, but received no response. After multiple failed attempts to communicate with him, deputies made entry into the building; Stevens was found to be deceased. No foul play is suspected.

“No other citizens or law enforcement personnel were injured.”


Original report

SARCOXIE, Mo. – A Cullman man is wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Sarcoxie, Missouri, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in that state. Justin Chase Stevens, 34, has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, which can be reached at 417-358-8177 or 417-359-9100, posted on Facebook:

Homicide Investigation Media Release 1-16-2021
UPDATE #2

A person of interest in the homicide investigation has been identified as Justin Chase Stevens, 34, of Cullman Alabama. It is believed that Stevens arrived in the Sarcoxie area on January 1, 2021. On that date it was reported that he and his sister had crashed their car around the I-44 mile marker 33. They were given a ride to the area of the Sarcoxie Kum & Go where he reportedly ran off into the woods.

The whereabout(s) of Stevens are unknown during the interim time period. Stevens has an active warrant for felony theft and he is being sought at this time.

Stevens should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone that has information about this person of interest is encouraged to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 359-9100.

This investigation is being conducted with the collaboration of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Sarcoxie Police Department and various out-of-state agencies.

Homicide Investigation Media Release 1-14-2021
UPDATE #1:

Investigators are working on identifying a person of interest that is believed to have stolen the victims Subaru. This person of interest, a white male, may have been on the parking lot of the Kum & Go, 2577 High Street, Sarcoxie, during the afternoon of 01-13-2021.
If you have any information about a suspicious person during this time frame, please contact law enforcement.

Homicide Investigation from 1-13-2021

On 1-13-2021 at approximately 8:58 p.m., Jasper County Deputies were dispatched to an unknown medical call at 2755 High St. Sarcoxie, Mo. Upon arrival Deputies found a female deceased inside the residence. The female was identified as Becci D. Sanders, 46, of Sarcoxie.

Jasper County detectives are currently working this incident as a homicide.

An autopsy has been scheduled for 1-15-2021.

A gray 2015 Subaru Legacy with Missouri license plate number VB1Y0E was reported to have been stolen from the residence. If anybody has information regarding this contact law enforcement immediately.

Sheriff Randee Kaiser

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