Major Case Squad de-activated from double murder
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 17:23:05 GMT —
Update: Friday, Oct. 8 at 6:18 p.m.
The Major Case Squad has been de-activated in the investigation into a double murder in Camden County.
Camden County Sheriff TMs Office Capt. Gary Bowling said that the squad investigated many leads and provided assistance to the investigation.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6:35 p.m.
Divers from the Missouri Water Patrol were called in Wednesday to help find evidence in the murder investigation of Sharon Dickson and William Van Note.
"They got here yesterday somewhere between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then they left before dark around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. or something and then they are back today," Neighbor George Wallace said.
Investigators with the Camden County Sheriff's Department won't say exactly what they're looking for, but KRCG was told they are looking for a handgun
Wallace said there's been a lot of activity next door, divers even searched around their dock Tuesday. But even more alarming were the questions they were asked by authorities.
"An agent was talking to me and some of the others, and then they just more or less wanted to know how did they get along, and did they think they had anybody they thought they had arguments with," Wallace said. "Nothing, and I told them no, they haven't had a problem with anybody."
W allace's wife Jan said the murders have their quiet lake community on edge.
"Some of them are scared now, some of the ladies in the neighborhood," Jan said. "They are worried they are going to be next."
Police did reiterate they believe the victims were targeted, but did not shed any light on suspects or leads.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3:20 p.m.
Dive teams were at Sunrise Beach searching the lake area behind the home of William Van Note for evidence.
Neighbors said the divers were searching surrounding areas Tuesday.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 2:38 p.m.
The Saturday night shooting at the Lake of the Ozarks is now being considered a double homicide said Camden County Sheriff TMs Office Capt. Gary Bowling.
William Van Note, 69, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 7:20 a.m. at University Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. His girlfriend, Sharon Dickson, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting Saturday night.
Police got the call of the shooting at 11:17 p.m. Bowling said the shooting wasn TMt random.
This was a specific act for a specific reason, Bowling said. This wasn TMt some guy shooting people.
Bowling said that police are following numerous leads.Update: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 11:46 a.m. The Camden County Sheriff's Office said 67-year-old William Van Note died Wednesday morning. He had been hospitalized since being shot Saturday at his home in Sunrise Beach. Also killed in the shooting was 59-year-old Sharon Dickson.
The sheriff's office said Wednesday that the investigation into the shootings is continuing.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 a.m.
University Hospital says William B. Van Note remains in critical condition Wednesday morning.
Update: Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 3:17 p.m.
William B. Van Note is in critical condition at University Hospital.
Van Note used to own Van Note Accounting Services in Liberty, Mo. An employee said that Van Note sold the business a couple of years ago.
The original spelling of Vannote was given by Camden County Sheriff TMs Office; the spelling has been corrected to Van Note.
Update: Monday, Oct. 4 at 6:35 p.m.
Neighbors in the Sunrise Beach enclave where a woman was killed and her companion was shot, said they were shocked this would happen on their quiet street.
"Police were knocking on the door at 11:30 [Saturday night], they said can we come in search your house?" Next door neighbor Janet Wallace said.
Police wanted to search their house because they thought a gunman could be hiding inside.
"When they came to the door it was kind of a shocker because when they told me both of them were shot over there... we didn't hear anything," Next door neighbor George Wallace said. "There was no sound, no nothing, I called a few people and let them know the police were coming, you know that they're searching house by house."
George Wallace said the victims got home around 5 p.m. Saturday from a local festival. He said the victims usually let the dogs out right before they go to bed and that's when the Wallaces think the shooting happened because the security alarm is always set.
Update: Monday, Oct. 4 at 4:45 p.m.
Neighbors on 5-35 BC in Sunrise Beach said that William B. Vannote is on life support at the hospital.
Neighbors said that they did not hear anything unusual the night of the shooting.
Vannote and Sharon Dickson were in a long term relationship for about 20 years neighbors said.
Neighbors also said that Vannote was an accountant from Kansas City and owned homes in Florida, Kansas City and Sunrise Beach.
The Lake of the Ozarks Major Case Squad is investigating a homicide that happened Saturday according to Camden County Sheriff TMs Office Capt. Gary Bowling.
Sharon L. Dickson, 59, of Sunrise Beach died and William B. Vannote, 67, of Sunrise Beach is in the hospital for gunshot wounds after the shooting in the 5-35 BC area of rural Camden County.
Bowling said that the shooting is not random.
Bowling also said that this is not a murder/ suicide case. Vannote is being treated as a victim in the shooting, not a suspect.
Authorities are following up leads as the investigation continues.