Update: Standoff over with suspect in custody
Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:35:13 GMT —
Update: Wednesday, Dec. 23 11:14 a.m.
Negotiations between Chester Clay Harvey and negotiators of the Missouri State Highway Patrol ended peacefully.
Around 9:30 a.m., Chester Clay Harvey Jr. released his 14 year-old son and surrendered himself to officers.
Harvey was arrested on an Audrain County warrant for kidnapping and abandonment of a corpse.
Officers will transport Harvey to the Audrain County Jail where he will be held without bond.
Update: Wednesday, Dec. 23 10:00 a.m.
A 14 year-old son is the remaining hostage in a 20 hour standoff in Audrain County.
Angela "Angie" Dawn, 34, the wife of Chester Harvey was released at 8:30 this morning and is talking with investigators now. Hostage negotiators are trying to get the boy out. Three other sons were released earlier in the standoff. Neighbors and police say a nine year-old boy that was released early this morning had a medical condition.
A Highway Patrol Captain tells KRCG Harvey has not been violent inside although police think he has a weapon.
The captain says Harvey and his family knew the person found dead in the back of a tractor trailer in Vandalia. Harvey told negotiators he wanted a "thorough investigation so the truth can come out."
Police don TMt believe Harvey is a threat to the community. But they do have the area around 312 Young Street blocked off.
Neighbors tell KRCG the family moved to the town a few years ago and they knew the children better than the parents.
The Highway Patrol SWAT teams are changing shifts and a new negotiator has stepped in.
Update: Wednesday, Dec. 23 4:00 a.m.
A suspect in a 18 hour police standoff in Laddonia has released a 9-year-old that was held inside a home since the beginning of the standoff on Tuesday.
The Audrain County Sheriff said the suspect Chester Clay Harvey, Jr., 38, released the child at 2 a.m. A 14 year-old and another adult remain inside along with Harvey.
The Laddonia man is wanted for kidnapping and abandonment of a corpse. Police have been trying to coax him out of the house on Young Street for questioning.
In the meantime, another Highway Patrol Troop C SWAT officers have relieved the Troop F team who have been on scene all day.
Police have been at the house since Tuesday afternoon, when two children other children ages 7 and 16 were let out.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10:10 p.m.
Police say they're trying to get Laddonia resident 38-year-old Chester Clay Harvey Jr. out of a house on Young Street.
He's wanted for kidnapping and abandonment of a corpse.
The Highway Patrol's SWAT Team has been there since mid-afternoon. Six people were inside including four children.
Two children ages 7 and 16 have been released safely, but two others ages 9 and 14 remain inside along with Harvey and another person.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 6:55 p.m.
Audrain County police are talking to a person of interest in connection to a homicide.
Highway Patrol SWAT is negotiating with the suspect to come out of a home in Laddonia.
A body was found in a tractor trailer in a parking lot across Highway 54 from the old Casy's Store on the east edge of Vandalia along the highway.
According to Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller, the body was found in the refrigerated compartment of the tractor trailer.
New details will be available soon
Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 5:35 p.m.
Police in Audrain County are investigating a possible homicide after finding a body in a truck.
The Audrain Sheriff's Office said the investigation began when the Highway Patrol got a report Monday night about a possible homicide.
The sheriff's office said a lead took them to a tractor trailer in Vandalia. Police found a body inside, but haven't said yet if it's a man or a woman.
The Highway Patrol processed the crime scene, while the body was taken to Columbia for an autopsy.
There's a $1,000 reward for information about the case.
If you can help, call CrimeStoppers at (800) 392-TIPS.