No arrests, investigation continues in Ivy Bend double homicide
There has still been no arrests made in connection to the shooting deaths of an elderly couple that occurred in Ivy Bend earlier this week, but police say they are making progress though no suspects have been named at this time.
There have still been no arrests made in connection to the shooting deaths of an elderly couple that occurred in Ivy Bend earlier this week, but police say they are making progress though no suspects have been named at this time.
Wayne and Mae Wells are believed to have been shot to death in their home Monday evening, Dec. 3, with their bodies being discovered Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, by a friend who came to check on them.
Wayne Wells was 82 and Mae 71.
According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon, several leads and interviews have been conducted with more to follow.
An ongoing search of the surrounding area of the crime scene for the murder weapon or any other evidence is being conducted at this time, the press release stated.
Autopsies were performed Wednesday on both victims. While the sheriff's office does not have the results from the pathologist at this time, the information that it has received has been helpful, the press release states.
No other new information was provided.
The homicides were reported to Morgan County dispatch around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning after a friend went to check on the Wells at their home at 34024 Oak Hill Rd., located off of Ivy Bend Rd. in the extreme southwest part of the county.
A friend found Mae Wells Tuesday around 11 a.m. and called 911, according to police. Upon arrival, officers found Mae and Wayne Wells in separate rooms, dead from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, according to Petty.
At the time of a press conference Tuesday night, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said the wounds appeared to be from a small caliber gun.
The murders are believed to have occurred between dusk and 7 p.m. Dec. 3.
The sheriff's office has been treating the crime as a burglary turned homicide. At the Wells' residence, police found a door had been pushed or kicked in, and the home was in some disarray inside.
A footprint was also found at the scene, according to Petty.
Among the few full time residents in their neighborhood along the lake, the Wells were fairly isolated this time of year being some of the few winter residents.
Police cleared 15-20 homes in the neighborhood during the investigation Tuesday and found them vacant. There were no signs of forced entry at any other residence, according to Petty.
No further information was provided regarding a separate arrest in the vicinity of the homicides Tuesday evening.
A man was arrested when he ran from police as they approached him regarding a report of a stolen gun made by his neighbor around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Petty refused to call the man a suspect in the double homicide, but did say Tuesday that officers would be interviewing him to investigate a possible connection.
Charges were filed Dec. 4 against Ronald J. Blowers, 25, for Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing.
Blowers has a history of prior convictions and was in a car accident Monday night around 6:15 p.m. on Ivy Bend Rd. at Hillview Rd., according to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol arrested Blowers for Driving While Intoxicated and Careless & Imprudent Resulting in an Accident. He was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.