Sheriff says MO rest areas need security cameras

Camera in Missouri rest areas

NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri’s state-owned rest areas need to be more secure. That’s according to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens.

Stevens’ office and the Highway Patrol are investigating the shooting death of Monica Keenlance at a rest area north of Marston on Halloween 2018.

Stevens says he couldn’t believe the crime, committed in broad daylight, had not been captured by surveillance cameras he assumed would be in place.

"Hundreds of people pass through these rest areas on a daily basis from all over the United States. And they're not all good people,” said Stevens. “My sheriff's office, we patrol the one rest area in our county, but it just amazed me that they didn't have any kind of security cameras up there."

The sheriff says he’s reached out to local lawmakers to see if anything can be done.

Illinois and Arkansas already have cameras installed at state-owned rest areas.

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