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Russell Lawson was shot to death in Rogersville

pickup is missing from home

His mother found his body on Monday morning.

October 15, 2012|by Linda Russell, KY3 News | lrussell@ky3.com
Linda Russell, KY3 News

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- City police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old man at his home on Mill Street across the street from Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary School.   The police chief says Russell Lawson's mother found his body between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Monday.  

Police Chief Paul Laughlin says Lawson was shot in the head, and it was not a suicide.  He said no one in Lawson's family has reported talking to him since Sunday morning.

Sgt. Jason Pace, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said officers are looking for a red 1993 Chevrolet pickup in rough condition with no tailgate that is missing from the man's home.  It has a Missouri license plate, 7YN 458.

Anyone with information about the pickup or the murder can call the Highway Patrol at (417) 895-6868.  Callers can remain anonymous.

Online public records show Lawson has moved around quite a bit in the past 10 years.  He lived in Warsaw, Potosi, and Springfield.  In Rogersville, it appears he lived with several other people on Mill Street.

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Logan-Rogersville School District officials locked down the Upper Elementary School, although police told school officials that there was no imminent danger to students.  "Nonetheless, we took some precautionary measures to secure the perimeters, as far as locking down our exterior doors, allowing our kids to move throughout the building as far as their daily routines and schedules, but then just keeping an eye on what was going on across the street," says Logan-Rogersville Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.

The district sent phone messages to parents to let them know what was going on.


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