Nathaniel Swopes 69, identified as Raytown fire victim
Nathaniel Swopes Death – On the afternoon of January 9th, 2023, officers from the Raytown Police Department responded to a call of a structure fire at an apartment complex located in the 6100 block of Raytown Road. The deceased Mr. Swopes was located in his flat on the second floor by employees from the Fire Department.
Missouri State Fire Marshal
During the course of the investigation, the Missouri State Fire Marshal provided assistance. Although the cause of death has not been determined, it does not appear that there was any foul play involved. Nathaniel Swopes, a resident of Raytown who was 69 years old at the time of his death, has been identified as the male victim who killed in the apartment fire that occurred on Monday, January 9th.
Related topic: Burning Body Found in Fire Pit Following Welfare Check on Missouri Student with Autism, and Woman Is Charged
Police in Columbia, Missouri, allegedly discovered a burnt body in a fire pit outside the residence of a 20-year-old woman, who has since been charged with murder. Campus police were summoned to the Hudson Hall dorm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at around 5:30 p.m. after the mother of a University of Missouri student contacted to inquire about the wellbeing of her son, who has high-functioning autism. According to reports, she hadn’t heard from him since 11:30 p.m. the previous day. Around 10:40 p.m., footage from dorm cameras saw the missing student getting into a ride-sharing vehicle outside his building. Monday, according to the press.
Uber gave police access to the victim’s last-known address, according to the press. According to a Columbia Police Department statement, this led officers to a home on Bentley Court where they discovered “unidentifiable human remains” smoldering outside. Emma Adams, 20, was detained after being questioned on the spot. According to a statement from the Columbia Police Department, Adams has subsequently been charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with tangible evidence, and abandoning a corpse.
According to a probable cause affidavit seen by the Columbia Missourian, Adams was asleep when officers arrived at the residence. The probable cause statement reportedly states that she allowed them access to the property where they discovered the smoldering remains burning in her outdoor fire pit. “The human body was smoldering, and an odor of what (was) described to be burning flesh was present.” the probable cause statement states.
Cops also allegedly found blood stains leading from the house to a parked vehicle outside Adams’ residence. When questioned about what had happened, Adams allegedly told police that she had stabbed the individual in self-defense because he had been “beating” her, according to the Missourian. Adams denied knowing the victim previously. Despite saying in their statement that they “have a good idea” who the burnt body belongs to, authorities have not yet identified the victim.
Adams is being held at the Boone County Jail on a $1 million cash bond, the press reports. It’s unclear whether she has retained a lawyer or issued a plea to the charges against her. In addition to thanking “members of the community for coming forward with information on this case,” Columbia Police urged anybody else with information to call them at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477.
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