Search continues for murder suspects

As of Friday afternoon the search was continuing for two suspects in shooting Wednesday of three people at a home near Ellington — one of whom was fatally injured — and the others hospitalized.

Ellington, a town of about 1,000 residents, is located in the south-central portion of Reynolds County. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder reports 25 officers representing four departments are seeking to learn the identify of the suspects, locate them, and determine a motive.

They include investigators from the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department, Ellington Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and MSHP Violent Crime Support Unit.

According to Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Stout, one person has been detained by law enforcement but is not under arrest and it is still unknown if this person was involved in the shooting.

He also reported that a car had been seized at an Ellington four-way stop on Thursday, but was unwilling to comment on whether or not it was involved in the crime. Investigators are still processing the vehicle.

The Wednesday shooting involved three people, a man and two women, who were shot in the head about 4 p.m. inside a home on Highway 106, located about five miles from Ellington.

One of the women was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where she later died. She has been identified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as Janet L. Nance, 72, of Ellington. The man, described by MSHP as being 86 years of age, was also airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis where he is still receiving care.

The second female victim was reportedly able to speak with investigators regarding the incident. Investigators said the 73-year-old woman was shown photos of two inmates that escaped from the Pemiscot County Jail on Sunday, but she did not recognize them.

The two suspects are described as white men who are believed to be driving a mid-sized sedan. By late Thursday, law enforcement still had no idea of a possible motive for the shooting.

The public is warned that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Persons with information should call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648-2491 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G Headquarters at 417-469-3121.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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