Man arrested after seeking help to find his missing girlfriend


An evening of skinny dipping ended in the arrest of a Lebanon man.

According to a report filed by a deputy with the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, a missing woman report ended in the arrest of her boyfriend on outstanding traffic warrants.

At 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, a Lebanon man called from a convenience store at the 140 mile marker near the Hazelgreen river access and reported his girlfriend as missing after their swim.

The man reported his girlfriend had become combative due to intoxication.

According to the report, he attempted to call a friend to help him with his girlfriend, but his phone battery had a low charge.

Consequently, he walked to the convenience store and used their phone. When he returned, he could not find his girlfriend, so he walked back and phoned law enforcement.

Two Laclede County deputies and three Missouri Highway Patrol officers helped the man search for his girlfriend.

They found her lying partially in the water under the bridge. She was nude and verbally abusive to all the people present.

According to the report, when the deputy handed the woman her shirt, she threw it in the water and said an obscenity about the shirt.

She began to shout and scream obscenities and vulgarities toward law enforcement.

The deputy asked the man if he could care for his girlfriend, and he said he could not.

He then asked the woman if she had any friends or family that could care for her, and she said she did not.

Because of her being non-compliant, extremely intoxicated and without caretakers, the deputy called EMS.

When they arrived, the woman refused to wear the robe she was offered. Another deputy placed her in double-locked handcuffs, and both deputies working together were able to get the robe around her.

EMS requested that law enforcement transport her to Mercy Hospital Lebanon due to her non-compliance, and she was placed into protective custody.

According to the report, while en route to the hospital, the deputy asked dispatch to check both subjects for warrants and found that the boyfriend had three active warrants for traffic offenses.

The deputies turned the woman over to Mercy security officers and arrested the man on the warrants, according to the LCSO report.


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