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Investigation continues in New Madrid murder

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

NEW MADRID - The investigation into the death of a New Madrid resident is continuing.

The Major Case Squad is still following leads and sifting through evidence in the death of Charles Toler. The 70-year-old Toler's body was discovered Saturday morning at his apartment at 449 Femmer Drive.

The Major Case Squad, which includes officers from the New Madrid County and Scott County sheriff departments, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, along with New Madrid City Police, has involved as many as 25 to 30 officers in the investigation which began Saturday.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said the officers are "still running down leads." As of Tuesday afternoon no arrests were made, he said.

Officials estimate Toler was killed sometime Thursday night. When he failed to make his regular stops Friday and again Saturday, a friend requested officers make a "well-being" check on Toler leading to the discovery of the body.

Authorities have described the crime as a burglary-homicide.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen Toler later than 6 p.m. Thursday, may have seen anyone in the area who looked suspicious or has any information about the crime to notify their local law enforcement. The telephone number for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department is 573