Lincoln County Sheriff Mike Krigbaum and Troy Police Chief Jeff Taylor announce the arrest of three subjects for Murder 2nd Degree.
On February 9, 2011 the Lincoln County Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET TEAM), which is composed of detectives from the Troy Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, initiated an investigation into the death of 30-year-old Crystal Cagel of Foley, MO. Initially the Foley Police Department and the Lincoln County Ambulance District had responded to a residence in Foley on February 7, 2011 for a report of Cagle being unconscious and non-responsive. Cagle was transported to the St Joseph's Medical Center, where she later died.
Initial reports listed Cagle's cause of death as multiple organ failure caused from poly-drug intoxication. Detectives with the NET team conducted a series of interviews and were able to identify suspects, who allegedly provided the drugs or assisted in acquiring the drugs, which led to the death of Cagle.
On 02-09-2011 NET detectives arrested Rebecca S. Callaway, 59, of Foley and Jerald T. Tippit, 40, of Winfield. Callaway and Tippit were taken to the Lincoln County Jail, where they were held pending warrants. Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Askey filed criminal complaints charging the suspects with Class A felony of Murder 2nd Degree, alleging that Crystal Cagle was killed due to an overdose of controlled substances administered by the defendant in concert with others as a result of the perpetration of the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance on or about February 5, 2011. Bond was set at $250,000 cash only by the Honorable Judge James Beck.
NET detectives also identified a third suspect in this incident. The suspect is Kimberly A. Saunders, 48, of Foley. Prosecutor Askey filed a criminal complaint charging Saunders with the Class A felony of Murder 2nd degree, alleging that Crystal Cagle was killed due to an overdose of controlled substances administered by the defendant in concert with others as a result of the perpetration of the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance on or about February 5, 2011 or in the alternative the Class D felony of Involuntary Manslaughter 2nd. Her bond was also set at $250,000 cash only by the Honorable Judge Ben Burkemper.
Sheriff Mike Krigbaum stated, "Drug abuse continues to be a major problem in our community. I am committed in providing every resource available to continue to combat the individuals, who choose to manufacture, sell, and use illegal substances." He also stated, "Hopefully this will send a message to those people who are involved in the illegal drug market. There will be serious consequences, if you chose to participate in this type or activity."
Chief Jeff Taylor also praised the work done by the NET detectives. "These detectives worked non-stop on this case, once they were made aware of the incident. If it were not for their perseverance there would have been no legal consequence for the people responsible in this incident." In addition, Chief Taylor stated, "I commend the Lincoln County Prosecutor in her decision to seek Murder charges. Hopefully this will help set a precedence in this county and possibly deter others, who may be involved in the illegal drug trade."
The NET team wants to encourage any citizen who suspects illegal drug activity to contact their office at (636) 528-0478. All calls will remain confidential.