UPDATED-Murder suspect found passed out at cemetery
Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:29:57 GMT —
A southeast Iowa murder suspect was captured overnight in northeast Missouri.
Larry Wayne Steen, 59, of Davis County is accused of fatally shooting a man at the home of his ex-wife, Cathy Clark, outside Bloomfield, Iowa, early Friday morning.
Steen is charged with 1st-degree murder and 1st-degree burglary. He is being held on a half-million dollars cash-only bond.
Davis County law enforcement and investigators from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spent much of the day at Clark TMs home at 16584 276th St. Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis told KTVO that 48-year-old Randy Lynn Saner of rural Bloomfield, Iowa, was found shot to death at the residence.
Davis adds that law enforcement officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used in the murder. At this time, they won TMt reveal what type of gun it was.
According to Iowa Courts Online, Cathy Clark was married to Steen, but they have been divorced for several years. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Iowa State Medical Examiners Office in Ankeny, Iowa.
After being tipped off by the Davis County Sheriff's Office that Steen was believed to be on his way to the Kirksville area, an Adair County deputy and a Kirksville police officer located the suspect's pickup at the Fort Madison Cemetery southeast of Greentop, Mo.. That was right around 5 a.m. Friday.
The truck has Iowa license plates that checked to Steen, and investigators could see someone was in the pickup. They called for backup, and when more officers got to the cemetery, they say the suspect appeared to be asleep or "passed out."
Authorities eventually got Steen to wake up using the patrol vehicle's public address system. They tell us Steen got out of the pickup and was taken into custody without incident.
We found investigators from both southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri at the Fort Madison Cemetery early Friday afternoon.
Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis and a deputy were there along with a Missouri State Trooper and a couple of Adair County deputies, looking around for any additional evidence near Steen's truck that might help them in the investigation. A tow truck from Bloomfield, Iowa, was at the scene to impound the pickup so investigators can go over it with a fine-toothed comb.Steen appeared before a judge in Kirksville at noon Friday where he waived extradition, which means he could be turned over to Iowa authorities. He was transported back to Davis County Friday afternoon. View the release from Friday morning