Southwest Missouri authorities investigate deaths of 3; man arrested

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 10:11 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 12:38 PM CST
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AVILLA, Mo. (AP) — The deaths of three in two separate crime scenes in southwest Missouri appear to be related, authorities said Monday.

Newton County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of Brylee O’Banion, 25, in a ditch along a road in Loma Linda on Saturday.

Investigators were searching for two people who recently had been with O’Banion, and that led to Jasper County, Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings said in a Facebook post.

Jasper County authorities responded to a home in Avilla on Sunday evening and found two dead inside, authorities said. Jennings said deputies from both agencies believe the homicides are connected.

Autopsies were being conducted to determine the cause of death. No further details were released.

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