As 2012 winds down, the Lake Sun looks back at some of the stories that made the biggest impact in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties.
A DWI arrest, a rollover accident, a missing firearm, a chase through the woods with police, self-inflicted knife wounds: it sounds like elements of a crime novel. But these elements combined to create a gruesome crime scene surrounding the discovery of two dead bodies in their Ivy Bend home in southern Morgan County Dec. 4.
Wayne and Mable "Mae" Wells were found with blunt force trauma injuries and stab wounds in what Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty described as a burglary-turned-homicide. A Missouri State Highway Patrol report indicated that an accident occurred shortly after the suspected time of the homicide on a nearby road.
Ronald Blowers, 25, of Stover, was charged with DWI in the rollover accident. In the investigation following the crime, a firearm missing for the past week was reported and as officials began investigating this aspect, they again came across Blowers. This time, Blowers was inflicting knife wounds to himself and led police on a lengthy foot pursuit through the woods of Ivy Bend. Eventually, officers caught Blowers, who admitted to being present in the Wells' home when they perished.
The case against Blowers will continue in 2013 as the Ivy Bend community, which dubs itself "the friendliest place in the Ozarks," tries to pick up the pieces from this terrible crime.