Police Investigating Circumstances Around 6-Year-Old's Death

Posted: Dec 26, 2013 1:13 PM by KOMU 8 Digital Staff

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JEFFERSON CITY - Police released an update Thursday to the investigation into the abduction and death of 6-year-old Markell Beasley.

Jefferson City Police said they are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to Markell's death Tuesday in Cape Girardeau. Police said Demetrius Beasley had two friends take Markell to St. Louis. Authorities said the Markell's mother knew one of the two friends, but that the friends had no knowledge that Beasley intended to abduct Markell.

Additionally, Jefferson City Police clarified that Beasley was a father figure to the victim, but was not his biological father as the police department previously reported.

During the evening of December 24, Jefferson City Police said the suspect and victim were in Cape Girardeau, and shortly after learning the information, law enforcement officials responded to a shots fired call at a location within their jurisdiction. Initial information received was that both Demetrius and Markell Beasley were deceased.

That investigation is still underway as to the manner and cause of both deaths.

On December 22, Jefferson City Police received information that Markell was allowed by his mother to travel to St. Louis to be with his father for a holiday party. Police said she later found that there was no holiday party, and that the father did not intend to bring the child back. Police then issued an endangered person alert and began investigating possible locations or other persons who may have known Markell's whereabouts.

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