***UPDATE-- ARREST MADE****
Nearly a year later law enforcement has announced the arrest of a suspect they believe is responsible for the death of Dillon Barton is in custody.
After a very detailed and lengthy investigation we were able to identify a suspect and determine the transaction of the heroin took place in Phelps County, Rolla, Mo. After reviewing the investigation reports and evidence the Maries County Prosecutor, Terry Schwartze, conferred with the Phelps County Prosecutor, Brendan Fox, and they determined the crime would be prosecuted in Phelps County.
On March 28th, 2018, Maries County Sheriff's Detective Scott John testified before the Phelps County Grand Jury involving the details of his investigation. On March 29, 2018 Judge Ronald White issued a warrant for the arrest of Kelve'lina M. Fowler, age 23, of Rolla, Mo. charging her with Homicide-1st Degree Manslaughter. Fowler was arrested in Phelps County on April 9, 2018 and is currently in custody of the Phelps County Jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.
Let this be an opportunity for those struggling with this addiction to realize it's not too late to ask for help. Ask a loved one, friend, pastor, civic leader, or even us for help. Sheriff Heitman has assured the public if they voluntarily reach out to the Sheriff's Office for help with their addiction we will assist in disposing of their drugs and paraphernalia without criminal consequence and we will do everything we can to assist you with securing a treatment program.
Let this also be a warning to those selling drugs in Maries County. We are searching for you, we will eventually catch up to you, and if you sell drugs to someone resulting in their death we will do everything in our power to prove your guilt and hold you accountable for those actions in our court system.
While we are pleased we could bring the guilty party to justice in order to be held accountable for her actions please realize this will bring up some very traumatic emotions for the families involved for both parties. Please consider that when commenting below.