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Laclede County man faces murder charge in death of his boss in November

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 9:08 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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LEBANON, Mo. (KY3) - The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted in the gruesome death of his boss in November.

Deputies arrested Shane Patrick Norman, 30, of Eldridge for the murder of Nathan Andrew Young, 33, of Webster County.

Norman is charged with first-degree murder charge and armed criminal action for Young’s death. Norman worked for Young at his welding business.

Deputies found Young’s body in a creek bed just off Kinfolk Road on Nov. 6, 2020. Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap says deputies have been working tirelessly since they first got the call of Young’s body being found in a creek bed in November. Young’s head, hands and feet had been removed.

“There was a tattoo that was still vaguely showing,” says Sheriff Millsap. “We had a missing person from that week and we were able to figure out the tattoo may have belonged to him and that’s how we really started with the investigation.”

Investigators say Norman attempted to burn the body.

The coroner confirmed Young died from a gunshot wound to the head. Sheriff Millsap says the shotgun Norman used still has not been located.

Deputies spoke with one of Young’s friends who saw Norman driving Young’s truck around town. When deputies searched the truck, they found a saw with no blade. Instead, they found what appeared to be blood, muscle, fat and hair follicles.

”You have to wait for physical evidence to get back from the lab and DNA evidence the turnaround is rather lengthy,” Sheriff Millsap says. “We sent it in November and we got it back just last week.”

Norman was on probation at the time of the killing.

Sheriff Millsap says in December deputies spoke with an inmate at Licking Correctional facility who shared a cell with Norman while in the Laclede County Jail. That inmate told deputies Norman shot Young in the head and cut up his body so it couldn’t be identified.

Sheriff Millsap says Norman hasn’t cooperated in the investigation since November.

”Most of the investigation deals with not an admission of guilt or a confession,” Sheriff Millsap says. “There was some inconsistencies in the statement that he gave us early on that once we started finding other pieces of evidence and his inconsistencies really stood out.”

When deputies searched the creek again in December, they found a bag buried with Young’s body parts inside. The crime lab processed the DNA from the saw found in Young’s truck, that Norman had been driving, and says it is a positive match to Young.

”You don’t want to jump the gun and make an arrest when you’re not ready and you want to have the evidence that you need,” Sheriff Millsap says. “Not only from a standpoint that we need probable cause to make an arrest. We want to give prosecutor a case in which he can go to trial with and I think we’ve done that.”

Investigators received assistance in the case from Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory, ATF, Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team, Mid States Organized Crime Information Center, Missouri Information Analysis Center.

“This had been a long, but very detailed investigation. We have presented a solid case to the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office,” Sheriff David Millsap said. “The family has been supportive of our investigative efforts and understanding the thoroughness in which we have put this case together over a period of time.”

Norman is currently being held in the Laclede County Jail without bond.

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