Casey Marler (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Department)
Curtis Walker (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Department)
BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -
Two people are in custody in connection with a homicide investigation in Butler County, Missouri. As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, no court appearance has been set and it remains to be seen whether or not the suspects will face murder charges, according to Sheriff Mark Dobbs.
According to Sheriff Dobbs, Curtis Walker and Casey Marler were arrested Thursday night in Wright County after a high speed chase that started near Hartsville.
Wright County deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were able to catch up to them after the suspects pulled into a home in the rural area of the county.
Walker is facing second degree burglary charges and Marler has multiple outstanding warrants. Marler is currently facing auto theft and felony stealing charges.
Sheriff Dobbs said murder charges could follow as the investigation continues, however they are not currently facing murder charges.
The investigation began after a fisherman discovered the body of 48-year-old Salvador Ruiz Rameriz along the southern banks of the Black River on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
"We believe he died of a gunshot wound," said Dobbs. "Right now we are still looking for two suspects. It appears the crime revolved around the drug trade."
Dobbs says he is relieved to capture the suspects who were considered dangerous, but told us there was no reason for the public to be fearful.
"These are people who keep to themselves and nobody needs to be scared that someone is going to break into their homes," said Dobbs.
Dobbs said they followed a number of good leads leading up to the arrest as his office and other remained constantly on the case.
According to Coroner, Jim Akers, Rameriz is originally from Texas and an autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.
Rameriz did have a residence in the Poplar Bluff area, according to Dobbs.
The major case squad was activated and the investigation is ongoing.
No other details are being released at this time.
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