CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A man is facing murder and other felony charges following an overnight manhunt in Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties.
Victor Grebing, 26, of Jackson, was charged with murder, armed criminal action and felony burglary.
Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said Grebing’s arraignment was set for Thursday, June 24.
He is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, Hailey Wipfler-Crook, to death on Tuesday afternoon at a home in Oak Ridge.
The investigation began on Tuesday, June 23, after the sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 3:36 p.m. from a home on State Highway 61 near the intersection of State Highway KK.
This was near the Old Appleton area.
The shooting happened at a family member’s home where Hailey Wipfler-Crook lived.
According to court documents, when deputies arrived on scene, they found her laying across a bed, motionless. She had a gunshot wound to her chest. Medical personnel declared her dead.
An autopsy was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
While talking to family members at the home, detectives say a woman told them she was in the living room when she heard her husband yell from the kitchen, “there’s a man with a gun.” She said she then heard gunshots come from the basement.
Court documents state Wipfler-Crook’s 10-year-old son witnessed her getting shot.
The woman’s husband told detectives he was in the kitchen when he saw Grebing go through the garage door and into the home. He said Grebing had a gun and pointed it at his face, he then went downstairs. That’s when the man said he yelled for his wife.
The sheriff’s office activated a manhunt for Grebing in the New Bethel Church area, specifically around County Roads 525, 523 and 532.
Authorities said he was spotted in this area around 7 p.m. after he ran into a wooded area.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Grebing was found inside the Perry County line around 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office contacted his department to help find Grebing. He said a deputy then approached him and arrested him without incident.
“He was on a UTV, and that was the report that we had gotten,” the sheriff said. “The deputy did see him on Highway C and then made the stop. As luck would have it, he ran out of gas right as the deputy was stopping him, so he couldn’t have gotten away on that thing anymore any way. And we later found out that the UTV he was in had been stolen from Cape County.”
Grebing was taken to the Cape Girardeau County Justice Center.