BUFFALO, Mo. -- The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is seeking two more "persons of interest" in its investigation of the murder of Khighla Parks, 15, of rural Greene County. Detectives ask the public for help in locating Desiree Siddens, 24, and Larry Warner, 39. The sheriff did not elaborate on why detectives seek Siddens and Warner.
Despite three people being named as "persons of interest" for Khighla's murder, Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney Barbara Viets had not seen enough evidence for a murder charge by Wednesday evening, or for charges for anything in Dallas County that might have preceded her death. Investigators said Monday that they think Khighla was killed near Buffalo.
Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Karen Woodley on Sunday charged the first "person of interest" for Khighla's murder with abandonment of a corpse. She believes Anthony Balbirnie, 47, of Springfield, dumped Khighla's body in Truman Lake, where it was found by a boater on Sept. 30. If he's convicted, Balbirnie could get a prison sentence between two and seven years, or a fine up to $5,000.