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Person of interest in custody after authorities locate Greene County homicide victim’s truck

Published: Oct. 24, 2020 at 8:23 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2020 at 10:16 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A person of interest in connection to a Greene County homicide investigation was arrested Saturday in Webster County.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says a man who matches the suspect’s description was arrested on unrelated charges. Investigators searched several rural areas of Greene County on Saturday in an effort to track down the suspect.

On Tuesday, deputies found Stanley Simon, 39, dead at his home in the 13000 block of West Farm Road 148 near Bois D’Arc, Missouri. Sheriff Jim Arnott says Simon’s truck went missing from the home and deputies have been searching for it since Tuesday afternoon.

A Springfield police officer observed the truck traveling south on Kansas Expressway near I-44 Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff’s office, the driver of the truck, which had been stolen and tied to the case, escaped custody Saturday morning. Officers attempted to stop the driver of the truck, but the driver turned off the truck lights and eluded officers.

Deputies spotted the truck near Farm Road 165 and Burntwood. The driver was last seen running west of that location Saturday morning. The suspect was described as a white man, in his mid 20s, with a slender build, a scruffy beard and wearing a camo jacket.

Investigators labeled Simon’s death as a homicide because of suspicious evidence at the scene of his home.

The day after he was killed his mother described him to KY3 as a hard worker and a great provider for his family.

“That’s what he did; he worked," Simons’ mother Jeanette Tumlinson said. "He worked nonstop. He didn’t only work his regular job, but then after hours he worked. He was always doing something else.”

Tumlin said she willl never be able to forget the date of her son’s death.

“I lost my oldest baby on my birthday," she said. "So that’s, I’ll never, that’s what I’ll always remember.”

Saturday’s incident may shine some more light on Simmon’s case, it is still a hard concept for loved ones to grasp.

“I don’t really know what to say, but he didn’t deserve what he got," Tumlin said. " I just, I don’t understand. I have a lot of questions.”

If you have an additional information in the investigation, call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 417-829-6230.

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