Search Warrants Served in Porter Murder Case

By KOLR10 News

Published 10/16 2013 10:54AM

Updated 10/16 2013 12:37PM

PURDY, Mo. - Neighbors in the area of Caledonia Street in Purdy were surprised this morning to hear the flash-bang of a SWAT team’s diversionary device.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office assisted Greene County deputies in searches related to investigating the double murder of a Greene County couple.

Barry County Sheriff Brad Delay tells KOLR10 News his officers were aiding those from Greene County and the Department of Revenue in serving search warrants at the two homes in Purdy.

The warrants were in connection to the investigation of the slayings of Rebecca and Russell Porter of Willard.

The couple were reported missing in April, 2011, from their home in Greene County. Then in July of 2012, skeletal remains of two people were found near Protem, Missouri, in a remote area of Taney County. Autopsies and forensic testing confirmed the bodies were those of the Porters. Both had been shot to death.

Five people have been charged in connection with the slayings, one of whom has pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder.

The Barry County SWAT team was used this morning, Delay said. The homes were searched, but no arrests were made at the time.

Phone messages to officials at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately returned.


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