The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rolla Police Department, Central Communications, Phelps County Coroner, St. James Ambulance, are assisting the St. James Police Department with a homicide. A male subject was reported killed Wednesday at the Economy Inn in St. James.
During the investigation, two suspects, Josue Martinez, age 20, and Kimberly Riston age 29, were identified and the information was disseminated to law enforcement and the public through the Everbridge notification system.
A short time later, an off-duty Phelps County Corrections Officer and her husband, a Sullivan Police Officer got the notification. While driving on Highway 63 they observed the suspects walking near Highway 63 and Highway 28, inside Maries County. They reported the incident and maintained a visual until Missouri State Highway Patrol Officers arrived. Both Martinez and Riston were taken into custody without incident.
The investigation is ongoing but information indicates that no one else was involved. Both suspects will be transported to the Phelps County Jail in Rolla, pending warrant application for murder.