Update: Joshua Maylee charged with murder
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:26:58 GMT —
Update: Friday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.Joshua Maylee is charged with three counts of first-degree murder after a series of shootings that prompted police to warn people who knew him to leave the area. Joshua William Maylee was charged with the crimes Friday morning -- a day after he was captured by police. He also was charged with one count of first-degree assault. He is accused of fatally shooting Eugene Pinet and his wife, Jackie, at their home in the Holts Summit area Tuesday night. He also is charged with killing Jeffrey Werdehausen and wounding his wife in a shooting at their home in the same area. It was not immediately known Friday if Maylee had an attorney.
Update: Friday, Oct. 29 at 8:20 a.m.
The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad scheduled a press conference for Friday morning at 9:30 at the CallawayCounty Sheriff's Department. The latest investigation details are expected to be released.
More details will be available soon
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:20 p.m.
Mid-Missouri Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler held a news conference around 5 p.m. to give details about Josh Maylee's arrest.
Bruchsaler said Maylee called law enforcement and told them he had hand and foot injuries. Deputies responded to a residence off Highway 179 in rural Cooper County.
Bruchsaler said Maylee was being treated for his medical injuries in the Cooper County area.
However, reporters at the news conference saw Maylee being brought in to the Callaway County jail on the other side of the building.
Bruchsaler confirmed, after checking inside the sheriff's office, that Maylee has been brought to the Callaway County Jail.
When deputies apprehended Maylee, police did not find or use weapons. Maylee was apprehended without incident.
Bruchsaler said it is safe for people who felt they were in danger of Maylee to return to their home.
Bruchsaler said the investigation is far from over. Police are still collecting evidence from the crime scenes and still need to question Maylee.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 4:51 p.m.
Callaway County Prosecutor Bob Sterner is reviewing information from the sheriff TMs department on Josh Maylee, but will not be filing charges Thursday.
Josh Maylee was a person of interest in triple murders in Callaway County.
The three victims were Jeffrey Werdehausen, Eugene Pinet and Jackie Pinet.
Jackie Pinet was a custodian at Jefferson City Public School, Dix Road Educational Center.
Jackie was a wonderful person and excellent employee, Jefferson City Public School spokesperson David Luther said in a statement. I can't say enough good things about her. All those who worked with her held her in high regard."
Jackie TMs school won the Cleanest Building award.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 3:31 p.m.
Josh Maylee TMs stepfather and grandfather said Josh turned himself in to the Cooper County deputies in Boonville.
Callaway County Sheriff Denis Crane said the arrest did not happen at the Cooper County Sheriff TMs Office. Deputies were led to Maylee. Maylee did not resist arrest when deputies arrived.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2:35 p.m.
Mid-Missouri Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said at a news conference said that person of interest in a triple murder, Josh Maylee was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. by Cooper County deputies.
Maylee was taken into custody without incident.
Bruchsaler said the investigation is ongoing.
Watch the video of the news conference below
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2:10 p.m.
Josh Maylee has been apprehended according to i nformation over the police scanner around 2:10 p.m.
The information over the scanner said that Maylee was caught in Cooper County.
A bulletin was announced over the police scanner tellign all units to stop looking for Maylee because he has been caught.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1:28 p.m.
A triple murder and a manhunt for person of interest Joshua Maylee sent mid-Missouri into a panic.
However, Maylee's grandfather, William Maylee, can't bring himself to believe his grandson would or could do something like this.
Josh's grandfather said the last time he saw his grandson was Tuesday evening. William said Josh was helping him with chores on his property, including removing part of a fence.
According to William Maylee, Josh was living near the lake with his fianc and child. It was dark out when Josh was getting ready to leave, so William Maylee told Josh to take his silver 2000 Bonneville SE 4-door home instead of Josh driving his truck. At first Josh wasn't going to, but decided to take his grandpa up on his offer.
The 4-door Bonneville SE Josh drove off with Tuesday night in is now the focal point of the police search.
William said Josh was supposed return Wednesday to help him finish work on the fencing, but hasn't seen or heard from him since Tuesday night.
Josh's grandfather said if it is proven that Josh committed these crimes, then he feels Josh would have to have been provoked to commit them.
William also wanted to make it clear that Josh was against alcohol, drugs and smoking, and is shocked with some reports that claim Josh was using those.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1:10 p.m.
Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said police are concentrating on finding the silver Pontiac Bonneville.
Bruchsaler said police located Josh Maylee TMs truck and did not find him there.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11:45 a.m.
Probable cause statements show that one of the three people killed in a central Missouri shooting had stored a lawn mower allegedly stolen by the man police are seeking in the slayings.
The records provide a direct link between Eugene Pinet, who died in a shooting Wednesday, and Joshua William Maylee, whom police are hunting in connection with that death and two others.
Probable cause statements, filed on Oct. 15, 2009, show Maylee already was facing two theft charges.
A police probable cause statement said Maylee had previously taken a stolen lawn mower to Pinet's home, near Holts Summit. It is not clear from court documents whether Pinet know the mower was stolen.
The Callaway County Prosecutor officially filed charges against Maylee for the March 2009 and October 2009 thefts this month. Maylee was arrested for these charges on Oct. 19, last week, but he bonded out of jail.
Jeffrey Werdehausen and Jackie Pinet also were killed in the shootings. Gina Werdehausen is stable at University Hospital.
A Werdehausen family member said Jeff and Gina Werdehausen were shot around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gina was shot in the neck and passed out. When Gina woke up around 1:30 a.m., she called 911.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11:12 a.m.
A spokesman for the mid-Missouri major case squad said officers worked through the night to chase down as many as 75 leads in the case.
But Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said there is still nothing solid on the whereabouts of person of interest in triple murders, Josh Maylee.
Bruchsaler said there have been numerous sighting reports of silver Pontiacs like the one Maylee is believed to be driving.
"There's a lot of 2000 Pontiac Bonnevilles out there that are silver, Bruchsaler said. So he's not the only one that has one. We follow each one and, at this point, it hasn't panned out. We've had not actual sighting of him and/or the vehicle at this time. That's why I'm asking the farmers to check their fields. Maybe he's abandoned the vehicle. And then we can go another direction.
Bruchsaler said officers have connected the dots in terms of the relationships between Maylee and the shooting victims.
He would not be specific, but promised another briefing on the details.
Investigators have not identified anyone else as a potential target of the alleged shooter.
Bruchsaler said there is no reason for schools in Callaway County to continue in lockdown Thursday.
Update: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Several schools continued to take precautions Thursday while a gunman is still on the loose.
On Wednesday, North and Callaway Hills elementary schools in the Jefferson City school district went under lock-down. So did the schools in South Callaway district and New Bloomfield.
After talking with the sheriff's department Wednesday night, Jefferson City district officials decided to have school as usual Thursday, including normal bus schedules.
But South Callaway and New Bloomfield schools are still on a lock-out Thursday, meaning their doors are locked, but classes are going on as normal within the schools.
South Callaway official said if the suspect is not apprehended by the end of the school day, the district will repeat its procedure used Wednesday, with buses dropping off only students with parents at home.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 9:40 p.m.
Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler held another media conference Wednesday night to discuss the triple murder case.
Bruchsaler said Gina Werdehausen is in stable condition at University Hospital.
Bruchsaler said police have been talking to friends and family of Josh Maylee, the person of interest in the triple murder case. He said people have been cooperating with police.
Bruchsaler said police are looking into over 60 leads that could be connected to the murders.
Bruchsaler did not discuss Josh Maylee TMs criminal history because he did not know enough about the cases to discuss them.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:57 p.m.
Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said police are still searching for a person of interest in a triple murder, Josh Maylee.
Bruchsaler said police are not sure if Maylee has left the Mid-Missouri area, but are continuing to search as if he is still in the area.
Bruchsaler said multiple agencies are involved in the search for Maylee.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:40 p.m.
Callaway County Prosecutor charged Josh Maylee with a felony count of theft/stealing more than $500, but less than $25,000 worth of property or services Wednesday afternoon.
The charges stem from an incident that happened on Oct. 15, 2009.
A warrant for his arrest has been issued for the theft charge.
Maylee faces that exact same charge for an incident that happened in March 2009. Callaway County Sheriff TMs Office arrested Maylee last week, Oct. 19. He posted bond.
Maylee is considered a person of interest in the triple murders in Holts Summit.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 4:20 p.m.
Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler held a media conference at the Callaway County Sheriff TMs Office Wednesday afternoon.
Bruchsaler said the shooter used a high power rifle and a hand gun in the shootings. Police are looking for a person of interest in the case, Josh Maylee.
Bruchsaler said the motive of the shooting is part of the ongoing investigation. He also said the victims knew Maylee and have had a conflict with him before.
Police agencies from all over mid-Missouri are out searching for Maylee. Bruchsaler said at least 70 police officers are out looking for him.
Police said Maylee is working alone.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 3:55 p.m.
Rumors of the person of interest, Josh Maylee, being shot behind a Holts Summit Saloon are false.
The investigator from the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said police are still looking for Maylee.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 3:44 p.m.
The Holts Summit Fire Chief said insurance investigators are re-opening the investigation of the fire that destroyed the Werdehausen home about a month ago.
The cause of the fire was ruled as undetermined.
Investigators said they are looking into if the fire is connected to Wednesday TMs homicides.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 3:06 p.m.
S outh Callaway schools are on lockout, building doors are locked from the outside, as the person of interest is still on the loose.
The South Callaway superintendent said parents need to pickup kids at the bus stop. If a parent is not able to pick up the students, the bus driver is advised to take the students back to Callaway High School to be supervised until they are picked up by parents.
Jefferson City School District Spokesperson David Luther said North and Callaway Hills Elementary schools were in lock down as a precaution. Luther said transportation district wide will be as usual.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 2:40 p.m.:
Callaway County Sheriff's Office identified the two other victims as Eugene Allen Pinet, 48, and Jackie Lee Pinet, 57.
The Pinets were found at around 11 a.m. at 1495 Heartnut Road, off of County Road 382.
The other victims, Gina and Jeff Werdehausen were found at County Road 488 near Tebbetts after Gina called 911.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1:55 p.m.:
University Hospital is in lockdown as a precaution because officials fear that the shooting suspect is heading over to the hospitals.
Gina Werdehausen is being treated at the hospital after she was shot in Cole County.
Officials don TMt know how long the lockdown is expected to last. The buildings closed are University Hospital, Nursing school, Medical School and VA hospital.
There are extra police officers for security who are checking everyone who goes into the hospital.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1:15 p.m.:
Josh Maylee, 23, is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pound with blue eyes and balding.
Maylee maybe driving a brown or black Dodge Truck or a silver 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4 door with Missouri plates SC1S5
Callaway County Sheriff TMs Office said if anyone who has had negative contact with Maylee should call police at 573-592-2442.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27at 12:35 p.m.:
Josh Maylee is identified as a person of interest in three shooting deaths.
Callaway County Sheriff Denis Crane said Maylee should be considered armed and dangerous.
Maylee is possibly armed with a high power rifle.
Anyone who see TMs Maylee or knows of his whereabouts should call 911.
Crane said that the shootings appear connected, but it appears he is targeting specific people and that the shootings are not random.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27at 12:15 p.m.:
Two more people were found dead in Callaway County.
Callaway County authority, said that they found the bodies around 11 a.m. at 1495 Heartnut Road, off of County Road 382.
The official said, at this time, the shooting is connected to the Werdehausen shooting.
There were four shooting victims total, three are dead, one is in the hospital.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27at 11:10 a.m.: A family member of the Werdehausens said the shooting happened late Tuesday night at the couple's cabin on County Road 488 near Tebbetts.Jeff and Gina Werdehausen were staying in the cabin because their house burned down about a month ago, the family member said.According to the family member, Gina was shot in the neck and passed out, but woke up later and called 911 a couple of hours later.
The Callaway County Sheriff's Department is investigating an apparent homicide in the Holts Summit area.
One man, Jeffrey J. Werdehausen, 46, of Holts Summit, was shot and killed.
His wife, Gina M. Werdehausen, 41, was also injured, but survived. She is at University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff's department said that Gina underwent surgery and is expected to recover from her injuries.
The sheriff's department has not released more details about the shooting.
More details will be available soon