A Camdenton area man has been sentenced to prison, after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a crash that left Hope Laree Arnold dead. On September 9th law enforcement responded to a crash on Route 66 and found a car burning, but no one inside. Arnold’s body was found roadside a few days later.

The events leading up to the plea deal: The investigation revealed that two 9-1-1 calls were made to Laclede County on the 9th, and a witness said a man got out of the wrecked vehicle and picked up a bleeding female and put her inside a pickup. During the follow-up investigation by the Highway Patrol, a witness was able to give a license plate number, but at the time troopers were not able to make contact with the driver of the pickup.

On September 26th, a human arm was found lying in the driveway in the 33-thousand block of Route 66, and then located the decomposing body of Hope Laree Arnold, more than 100 feet from the September 9th crash site. Later that day investigators from the Sheriff’s Office located the pickup and the man and woman who were occupants of the vehicle. They told officers that they drove 39-year-old Robert Eugene Nyman and the injured Laree Arnold to an address in Pulaski County.
Robert Nyman has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of Hope Arnold.Judge On Wednesday,
Judge Aaron Koeppen handed down a sentence of 7 years for Nyman to serve in the Missouri Department of Corrections.