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Sheriff’s View #72: Ongoing investigation of double Buckhorn death at Shrine Club

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — I will begin the weekly article by briefly commenting on the two deceased individuals discovered on the Shrine Club’s property in Buckhorn Tuesday afternoon. First, there have been no media releases about the cause of death, despite the appearance of numerous hypothetical theories spread thru internet media sources this past week. The reason that neither the Missouri State Highway Patrol nor I have made such a release is due to the fact that the cause of death is still undetermined. Highway Patrol and Pulaski County Sheriff investigators are working diligently on this case but further investigation is necessary before a cause of death is announced.

Modern day science is a good friend to law enforcement, allowing us to make evidentiary discoveries never seen before, or that I ever dreamed possible when I began my career in the late 70’s. One of the very few drawbacks is that patience is sometimes necessary while the analysis of the evidence is completed. Such is true in this death investigation, in which analysis of some evidence will take weeks, so this portion will be a waiting game for all of us. I assure you that as soon as the cause of death is determined, either the Highway Patrol or I will release the details to your media sources.

On a brighter note, one of the more popular departments of any law enforcement agency is the K-9 Unit. Your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had one full-time K-9 team, and a few weeks ago a second team was added with the certification of a Reserve deputy’s dog. In addition to K-9 teams being an important crime enforcement resource, they are a valuable public relations tool, being used at school and community venues.

A note of trivia, did you know that K-9 dogs are highly protected by Missouri State Statutes? To save you some research time, the simple answer is “yes;” injuring, attempting to injure or causing the death of a police animal can result in misdemeanor and/or felony charges.

Recently, complaints to the Sheriff’s Department have increased regarding speeding on County gravel roads, along with juveniles operating 4-wheelers in a careless and reckless manner. Therefore, you will be seeing more Sheriff’s Department vehicles working traffic on secondary roads, in order to prevent some of the serious or fatal accidents that have occurred here in the past. Safety of citizens, especially our youth, is a primary concern of this agency. I will also remind parents that violations regarding unlicensed young drivers can result in some expensive fines, so be mindful of such when letting your unlicensed children loose driving vehicles or 4-wheelers on public roads. Even though working traffic is not the primary function of a Sheriff’s Department, we are tasked with protecting our citizens and the previously mentioned scenarios fall in this category.

Another friendly reminder about county roads: some seem to find enjoyment in intentionally destroying mailboxes. This type of mischief seems to be on the rise, with most offenses occurring on country roads. I may have misrepresented the above statement by using the word “mischief” when the intentional destroying of mailboxes is a Federal crime. So be respectful of other peoples’ property and remember that destroying mailboxes can be a serious offense.

This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

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