Person of interest in Missouri death found in Mammoth Spring

A man wanted in connection with a suspicious death in Missouri was arrested this month at a residence in Mammoth Spring. According to Areawide News, 55-year-old Russell Hercher of Springfield was located December 7th by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and the Mammoth Spring Police Department at the location on Goldsmith Street, and he was picked up by Greene County, Missouri, authorities four days later on a felony count of abandonment of a corpse.

Greene County officials say the body of 20-year-old Devin Briley was discovered December 6th just before noon on Farm Road 83 by a couple driving down the road. The Greene County Sheriff's Department contacted Fulton County authorities the next day to inform them of the suspicion of Hercher's whereabouts, and he was arrested around 7:30 that evening after being observed hiding in a bathroom at the Mammoth Spring residence. Hercher appeared before Fulton County Judge Johnnie Copeland and waived extradition to return to Greene County.

According to reports out of Springfield, Briley was given a lethal injection of a narcotic or drug, and her death is being investigated as a homicide. A statement on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook says all evidence and information discovered are consistent with a drug overdose death, but they are waiting on toxicology results from the autopsy.

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