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Cause of Death Determination Made in Pierce City Incident

An autopsy has been completed on Kaydee Moerer and Sara Spears.  The autopsy has confirmed what Lawrence County investigators had believed happened at the rural Pierce City residence.

The cause of death for Kaydee Moerer was a single gunshot to the back of the head.  The cause of death for Sara Spears was a single gunshot to her forehead.

Based on the investigation along with the autopsy results, the incident is being officially ruled as a murder/suicide.

A recap of the incident follows:

On Monday November 13, 2017 the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received a call for a well being check at Spears residence to assist the Division of Family Services.  There were no Deputies in the immediate area so mutual aid was requested from the Pierce City Police Department.

Chief Abramovitz with PCPD responded to the scene to assist DFS until Deputies could arrive.  Based on information that was obtained previously and at the scene, Chief Abramovitz  made entry into the residence where the two bodies were discovered.  After discovering the bodies, he was able to secure the scene until deputies arrived.

Upon arrival Chief Abromovitz advised the deputies what he had found and deputies made entry into the residence to begin the investigation.  The bodies were identified as 40 year old Sara Spears and her daughter 10 year old Kaydee Moerer.  They were released to the Lawrence County Coroner for autopsy. 

On Tuesday November 14, 2017 the autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was determined.

This incident was ruled a murder/suicide and an isolated incident. 

The investigation is continuing to determine how much time had elapsed since someone last had contact with Spears or Moerer.

 

Second Person Identified in Pierce City Incident

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has identified the second subject found deceased in the incident that occurred in rural Pierce City.

Kaydee Moerer, age 10 of Pierce City, was found deceased with what appeared to be a gun shot wound at her residence this morning.  Kaydee is the biological daughter of Sara Spears who was also found deceased at the residence with an apparent gun shot wound.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident as a homicide and will be waiting on the results of an autopsy which is scheduled for Tuesday morning for further determination. 

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Person Identified in Pierce City Investigation

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of one of the deceased persons involved in the incident in rural Pierce City.

Sara Spears of Pierce City, a white female approximately 40 years of age was found deceased at her residence.  The Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation as to the cause of death.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on November 22 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 16% of Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even worse, 62% of occupants killed in 2016 crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

 

Sheriff's Office Investigating Multiple Deaths at Rural Pierce City Residence

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the discovery of two deceased persons at a rural Pierce City address.

The Sheriff's Office received a call for a well being check at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday November 13, 2017.  Upon arrival, two persons were found to be deceased inside the residence.

The investigation is continuing but the Sheriff is advising area residents to not be alarmed as this is believed to be an isolated incident.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

October 2017 Calls Stats Released

TRAFFIC October 2017
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 0
SPEEDING 7
FAIL TO REGISTER 4
LANE VIOLATION 4
FAIL TO STOP 2
NO INSURANCE 0
NO SEATBELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 10
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 0
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 0
WARRANT ARREST 2
OTHER HMV 2
OTHER NON HMV 0
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 19
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 2
TOTAL WARNINGS 18
CALLS FOR SERVICE October 2017
STEALING/THEFT 25
BURGLARY 7
PROPERTY DAMAGE 4
ASSAULT 7
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 34
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 3
NARCOTICS 2
HARASSMENT 4
ALARM 22
FIRES 9
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 16
TRESPASS 9
CIVIL MATTER 85
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 72
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 7
911 HANG UP 41
CHECK WELL BEING 21
ANIMAL 22
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 34
MEDICAL 12
CHECK VEHICLE 30
CITIZEN CONCERN 61
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 6
MISCELLANEOUS 48
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 12
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 591
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 5
   

 

Sheriff's Office to Conduct Sex Offender Compliance Checks on Halloween

NOTICE

Sex Offender Halloween Requirements

 

Dated: October 30, 2017

 

This letter is to notify you that any person who is required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 of the Missouri Revised Statutes shall be required on October thirty-first (Halloween) to comply with the following:

 

Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children. Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies. Post a sign at his or her residence stating “No candy or treats at his residence”. Leave all outside residential lighting off during the event.

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting compliance checks of registered offenders during this time. Violators will be subject to arrest and prosecution.

 

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 417-466-2131.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Brad A. DeLay

Sheriff

September 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC September 2017
DWI 4
DWR/DWS/NO DL 8
SPEEDING 61
FAIL TO REGISTER 33
LANE VIOLATION 11
FAIL TO STOP 13
NO INSURANCE 2
NO SEATBELT 1
C AND I DRIVING 9
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 14
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 2
WARRANT ARREST 6
OTHER HMV 1
OTHER NON HMV 5
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 146
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 16
TOTAL WARNINGS 133
CALLS FOR SERVICE September 2017
STEALING/THEFT 23
BURGLARY 15
PROPERTY DAMAGE 9
ASSAULT 9
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 26
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 3
NARCOTICS 5
HARASSMENT 3
ALARM 11
FIRES 7
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 26
TRESPASS 7
CIVIL MATTER 23
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 96
DEATH 2
MOTORIST ASSIST 9
911 HANG UP 52
CHECK WELL BEING 25
ANIMAL 29
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 34
MEDICAL 15
CHECK VEHICLE 35
CITIZEN CONCERN 71
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 4
MISCELLANEOUS 42
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 2
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 581
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 19
   

Things are getting "Hairy" at the Sheriff's Office

Deputies and Employees of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will soon start to change, in looks that is.  Starting October 1, 2017 they will begin growing beards and/or dressing down.  The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has once again kicked off its annual internal fundraiser to support a county children's charity that provides Christmas gifts to those children in Lawrence County in need at Christmas time.

Under normal protocol, deputies must be clean shaven and in a standard class A or B uniform while on duty.  However, in an effort to raise money for the charity, they may pay a fine during the months of October, November and December to grow facial hair or chose an alternate uniform.

So if you see a "hairy" deputy or one that doesn't appear to be in a normal uniform, please be patient.  It's for a wonderful cause.  Come January 1, 2018, they will be back to "normal'.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Child Restraint Checks

Campaign Reminds Motorists to Boost and Buckle Kids Under 8

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week Law Enforcement Campaign Conducted September 17-23, 2017.  During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of three (3) traffic tickets including one (1) safety belt ticket and one (1) speeding ticket.  Three (3) felony arrests were made as a result of the crackdown.  63 warnings were issued for various other hazardous moving violations.

Missouri law requires that all children under the age of eight to be in appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80lbs or 4'9" tall.

"It's so important for parents and caregivers to understand the importance of child restraints," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "It's not just about following the law - child restraints help prevent serious injury and may even save your child's life."

Funding for this effort was provided through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Traffic and Highway Safety Division in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center.

 

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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