NEW MADRID - Warrants were issued Wednesday afternoon for the arrests of two persons for the murder of a New Madrid man.
The men, whose names were not released by law enforcement officials by press time Thursday, are reported to be residents of New Madrid. Formal charges of first degree murder are expected to be filed against the two, according to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens.
The men are charged in the death of 70-year-old Charles Toler, whose body was discovered in his apartment on Femmer Drive Saturday. 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, joined the New Madrid City Police in the investigation after the discovery.
The sheriff said officers are still gathering evidence and taking statements as the investigation is winding down. He credited the cooperative effort of the various departments in bringing the case to a conclusion.
"The only reason this case was resolved as fast as it was is the Major Case Squad. We would not have been able to have as quick a resolution without it," said Stevens.
According to Stevens officers sifted through lots of evidence and leads to before issuing the arrest warrants. Describing the investigation as one of diligence, he added: "It was a matter of staying on it, staying on it, staying on it. The next day then something would present itself and we would follow that. It may sound corny but it is true."
While Stevens would not detail the murder, he did said Toler's death was the result of a violent assault.
More arrests may follow, Stevens said acknowledging, "the investigation is not over yet."