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Phelps County authorities arrest 2 wanted in homicide investigation

Investigators identified Kimberly Riston, 29, and Josue Martinez, 20, as suspects in the case. ...
Investigators identified Kimberly Riston, 29, and Josue Martinez, 20, as suspects in the case. (Courtesy: Phelps County Sheriff's Office)(ky3)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:18 PM CDT
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ROLLA, Mo. (KY3) - Phelps County authorities arrested two wanted for questioning in a homicide investigation.

Investigators found Donald Wethy, Jr., 36, dead at the Economy Inn in St. James Wednesday.

Kimberly Riston, 29, and Josue Martinez, 20, face first-degree murder charges in the case.

Authorities arrested the two Wednesday afternoon. An off-duty Phelps County Corrections Officer and her husband, a Sullivan Police Department officer noticed the wanted couple walking on U.S. 63 in Maries County. They tracked the couple until the arrests were made.

The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rolla Police Department, Central Communications, Phelps County Coroner, St. James Ambulance, assisted the St. James Police Department with investigation.

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