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Homicide Investigation Final Update - All Suspects In Custody


The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is happy to report that all nine (9) suspects in the recent homicide investigation are now in custody.

Just moments ago, the lone remaining suspect at large was taken into custody in a motel room in Branson, Mo.  Gary Wayne Hunter, Jr. is no longer being sought.

Lawrence County Detectives have been working tirelessly with multiple other agencies around southwest Missouri in tracking down the suspects.

The latest part of the investigation led detectives to a possible location at a Branson motel. 

With the assistance of Branson PD, the Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, ATF and the Springfield Police Department, the motel was surrounded and Hunter was ordered to give himself up. 

Hunter complied and then exited the room and was taken into custody without incident.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank all agencies involved from the beginning as well as the countless tips from citizens who did not rest until all suspects were in custody.

The investigation is really just beginning as all the pieces to this puzzle will now be put into place.