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At around 11 a.m. Friday, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received information about a possible dead body in the basement of 867 Stanford. Officers responded to the home and made contact with the occupants and obtained permission to search the home.
During the search, officers found the body of 28-year-old Danielle Keown in the basement. Due to the condition of the scene, officers immediately suspected foul play and four residents were taken to DPS Headquarters for interviews and the SEMO Major Case Squad was activated.
Information gathered during the initial stages of the investigation indicates that a domestic dispute occurred at the residence last night between two of the occupants. A subsequent struggle took place in the basement of the home, leading to Keown being stabbed and killed. It is believed the body was left in the basement until it was discovered by officers.
DPS then arrested Keown's 23-year-old boyfriend whose name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges through the New Madrid County Prosecutor's Office.