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St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release for Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2014

St. Clair County Sheriff Office deputies took a variety of calls for service from Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies made two warrant arrests, continued the search for a missing man, took two reports of stolen vehicles, a stealing complaint and a burglary report.   

Update on search for Dale Miller

Sheriff Keeler said an investigation of a missing man from rural Appleton City is continuing. Dale Miller, 78, Appleton City, wandered into the woods near his home on NW 400 Road on Oct. 25 and did not return. Miller had his black German shepherd dog, Lady, with him when he went missing. Family, friends and numerous volunteers joined in the search on Oct. 26.

The sheriff said after an extensive ground check of the property and the surrounding acres where Miller was last seen, the area was cleared on Oct. 27 to allow the dogs from Missouri Search and Rescue to search. Bloodhounds from a volunteer group searched the area on Oct. 29. On Oct. 31, deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office combed the area again concentrating on areas search dogs had hit on in the past. In the afternoon hours, Miller’s black German shepherd dog, Lady, returned home with no sign of Miller.

 “All of the searches have resulted with no additional clues or signs of Mr. Miller,” said Sheriff Keeler. “At this point the intensive search has concluded and the investigation is ongoing with deputies following up on any leads that may come in. I want to thank all those that have donated their time and energy in the search effort.”

Miller is a white male 5’ 10”, 158 lbs., gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a hunter orange baseball cap, blue shirt, blue jeans and boots. Miller is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and has a fractured vertebra. He walks hunched forward, shuffles his feet and his speech is whispered and mumbled. Miller has missed several doses of his medication since he went missing. He may have an altered mental status and motor skills.

Agencies assisting in the search include the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, St. Clair County Rescue, Missouri Search and Rescue, and firefighters from Appleton City, Lowry City, Sac Osage, Taberviille, Rockville, Collins, and Iconium. Those with any information related to the case are urged to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, 417-646-2565.

Volunteers and dogs from Missouri Search and
Rescue K-9 assisting in the search for Dale Miller

Reports of stolen vehicles

On Nov. 1, a St. Clair County deputy responded to North Beech Street, Appleton City, in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. Lloyd Cooper reported a red 2013 Ford Fusion was missing from his residence. The investigation is ongoing.

On Oct. 31, a St. Clair County deputy responded to NE Highway ZZ in reference to a stolen vehicle. Curtis Sartin called from his place of employment in Kansas City and reported his wife called him and said someone took their yellow 2014 Chevrolet Spark from their residence. The deputy spoke to Pamela Sartin who stated the vehicle was missing after she returned from taking her dog for a long walk on Oct. 30. She said a security lock box which was inside the vehicle, was lying on the ground next to where the vehicle was parked. A .45 caliber Hi Point semiautomatic pistol and three boxes of .45 caliber ammunition were allegedly located inside the box and are missing.

The same day, information was obtained the vehicle was located on East Jefferson Street, Clinton, and officers from Clinton Police Department were on scene. An inventory of the vehicle was taken and it was processed for evidence. The firearm and ammo was not located. The investigation is ongoing.

Stealing complaint

On Oct. 30, a St. Clair County deputy responded to storage units on NE Highway C in reference to a stealing complaint. Mike Heili reported he rents a storage unit from Warren Love and noticed his padlock was no longer on the unit. He reported his black Carry-On trailer, a Kohler 27 hp motor, and a Peterson portable sawmill were missing from the unit. He noted some tools and parts were not taken. Heili estimated the total value of the items at $21,000. The investigation is ongoing


On Oct. 29, a St. Clair County deputy responded to NW Highway B in reference to a burglary of a home owned by Bill Wishon. Tire tracks were located in the grass and a gas regulator was found damaged in the back yard of the residence. On Oct. 30, Wishon reported five fishing poles, a tackle box, Christmas decorations and a stereo were missing from the residence. The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information on these or any other cases to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Warrant arrests

On Oct. 31, Courtney Hopkins, 29, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on a class C felony charge of burglary-second degree. The warrant was issued on Sept. 24 and bond is set at $350 cash only.

Courtney Hopkins
Robby Primeau

On Oct. 28, Robby Primeau, 36, Roscoe, was arrested after a St. Clair County deputy initiated a traffic stop in Osceola. Primeau was issued a citation for driving while revoked and taken into custody on a Jackson County felony warrant for a parole violation on an original charge of driving while intoxicated-alcohol from Lee’s Summit Police Department. The warrant was issued on Oct. 7 and bond is set at $4,500 cash or surety.

Mohammad Asalati

On Oct. 28, Mohammad Asalati, 50, Kansas City, was arrested on two St. Clair County misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of exceeding the posted speed limit by 11-15 miles per hour and driving while revoked. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in August 2011. Warrants were issued in December 2011. Total bond is set at $624 cash only.

Coffee with the Sheriff to be held
in Appleton City Nov. 13

Sheriff Scott Keeler will host “Coffee with the Sheriff” on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 7-10 a.m. at the Farmhouse Kitchen, Railroad Street, Appleton City. The sheriff urges citizens to attend with any questions or concerns and be a part of making a difference in the community.

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