A triple shooting occurred at approximately 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 18, in a home on Highway 106 about five miles outside of Ellington.
All three victims were shot in the head. Janet Nance, 72, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where she died later that same day.
James R. Nance, 86, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he remained before passing away on Saturday, October 21, due to injuries sustained from the assault. He was the husband of the first victim, Janet Nance.
Another woman, 73, was able to give authorities a description of the shooters. She was shown a photo of the two Pemiscot County escapees but did not recognize them.
She described the attackers as two white males, and it is believed that they left the scene in a blue mid-size sedan, possible Saturn brand. She is currently recovering from wounds sustained in the incident.
A vehicle was seized on Thursday at the four-way stop in Ellington. Both the car and a person of interest were detained but have since been released and no further arrests have been made.
The search for the two suspects is still ongoing. According to Sergeant Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the investigation continues and is being handled by investigators with the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and members of the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department.
Crimes such as this are very uncommon in this area. Sheriff Stout wants to assure the public that their safety is secure and that they shouldn’t worry.
He and his team of deputies, along with the Highway Patrol, Ellington Police Department, and MSHP Violent Crime Support Unit, are working vigorously to track leads, gain information, and keep the safety of the public first.
It is also important to make sure that all information is correct before sharing. This cuts down on false leads and time consuming confusion. At this time it is important to stay vigilant and stick together as a community.
If you have information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact the authorities. Persons with information should call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648- 2491 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G Headquarters at 417-469- 3121.