Bizarre incidents keep police busy

Staff reports

Two strange incidents in different jurisdictions made for a bizarre day for local law enforcement.

In one case, the alleged victim can’t be found. The suspects, and possibly the victim, fled, and the only trace of something being wrong was a trail of blood and a baseball cap found near a road. The sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help to determine if something criminal took place.

According to information provided by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to what appears to be the scene of an apparent assault shortly after midnight Wednesday at a residence on Route A.

Neighbors told deputies and investigators that they were awakened by a male screaming for help, and it sounded like he was being chased by someone. By the time deputies arrived, neighbors reported that an ’80s or early ’90s dark-colored farm truck had been seen leaving the area. The blood and ball cap are all deputies and investigators have to go on. Sheriff John Page is requesting that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Office at 573-346-2243.

In Osage Beach, a traffic stop went bad when a passenger stabbed himself in the chest. 

As it turned out, the stabbing may have been a way to avoid being arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from another county. 

According to Police Chief Dave Severson, officers were attempting to identify the driver and occupants of the car when one of the two passengers, identified as 38-year-old Stephen W. Stwalley of Osage Beach, pulled out a fixed-blade knife and plunged it into his chest.

Stwalley had originally provided false information to the police. Police believe Stwalley was attempting to avoid being arrested on a warrant from Iron County for a felony child molestation charge. Stwalley was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of the self-inflicted stab wound. His condition was unknown at press time.

The Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control will conduct an independent investigation at the request of the Osage Beach Police Department.

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