West Michigan Couple Killed In Missouri

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STONE COUNTY, Mo. — Police are investigating the murder of a Baldwin, Mich., couple in Stone County, Mo.

On Saturday night, the Stone County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 17 NEWS that at 5:43 p.m. Thursday deputies were dispatched to 1722 Trace Hollow Road in Lampe, Mo., for a burglary in progress. As deputies responded they were advised that a neighbor had two people at gunpoint.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies detained two male subjects. The neighbor had noticed suspicious activity at the residence and confronted the males. He held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived on the scene.

Further investigation on scene by the deputies found two dead bodies in the residence. Apparent signs of foul play prompted further investigation. Detectives from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the members of the Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control responded to the scene.

The investigation revealed the double homicide of a husband and wife — Paul Brooks, 70, and Margaret Brooks, 69 – of 1722 Trace Hollow Road.

The Stone County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 17 NEWS that the Brooks couple were from Baldwin, Mich.

The two suspects — a 16-year-old juvenile and a 15-year-old juvenile — were taken into custody and later turned over to juvenile authorities.

An autopsy will be conducted Saturday on the victims to determine their causes of death.

The incident remains under investigation by the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.

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6 comments

  • Bill

    The Brooks family should file a lawsuit of Negligence at the Boys Ranch. L.U.C. knows how dangerous some of these kids are when they get them and they know that boys do run away from the ranch from time to time. This leaves the nearby residents with a known safety risk. Until now that risk was only known to the Boys Ranch and apparently that's the way they wanted it. When neighbors talk to other people in the area seems many of them know of isolated crime incidents by the Boys Ranch. If someone compiled this list & investigated the true risk in the area- most likely the Boys Ranch would be shut down & its directors prosecuted. I for one will NOT support the Boys Ranch Trading Post store at Carr Lane. I hope no one else does either until a full investigation has been completed and the Boys Ranch starts helping boys & stops harboring them.

  • Awinterstorm

    These boys are brought to the ranch for rehabilitation and then taken to many businesses and residences in Stone County for many different jobs. This is very unsettling that these boys are actually criminals who have exposure to our communities in this way. They are not supervised in proper fashion especially in relation to the the crimes they have committed. Why are they not confined with tighter security? I live in Stone County and I want the ranch shut down for this heinous, senseless crime. I sleep less securely now and will have a gun close at all times.