Two in custody; missing Kansas' man's body found

Saturday, July 2, 2016 ~ Updated 2:29 PM
Ronnie Carl Robinson Sr.

SIKESTON - Two people are in custody in connection with the death of a Kansas man and a third person is still being sought.

Elsie M. Coleman -- Hamilton, 40, of North Little Rock, Ark., and Ronnie Carl Robinson Sr., 49, of Sikeston are facing charges in connection with the disappearance of Larry Weaver of Pittsburg, Kan. Weaver, whose body was discovered Saturday morning in a cotton field in New Madrid County, was reported missing along with his motorcycle on Tuesday from a Sikeston motel.

Both Robinson and Coleman are charged through New Madrid County with first degree tampering with a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, reported Saturday afternoon that at least one other suspect is still being sought in connection to this investigation.

Elsie M. Coleman -- Hamilton

According to McMillen, video surveillance of a Chevrolet Avalanche, which was believed was used in the theft of the motorcycle was disseminated and the Major Case Squad located the vehicle late Friday in Charleston. Information obtained led officers to this vehicle and also to at least three suspects involved in the apparent theft. The Chevrolet Avalanche was seized is being processed for evidence.

Coleman -- Hamilton and Robinson were arrested Friday night.

The SEMO Major Case Squad continued an aerial search for Weaver.

"Around 10 a.m. on July 2, 2016, an investigator located an object in a cotton field off of FF Highway near County Road 420," McMillen reported. "The helicopter crew landed and discovered this to be a body."

The SEMO Major Case Squad set up an area around the crime scene and began processing for evidence. The body was confirmed to be Larry Weaver.

McMillen said the investigation is continuing. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of Weaver's death.

"It can be said the death certainly appears suspicious and more information will be released as it becomes available," McMillen said.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711. All tips can remain anonymous.

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