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Carter County Sheriff Found Dead on His Property

Published: Oct. 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2008 at 9:41 PM CDT
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Carter County Sheriff Greg Melton
Carter County Sheriff Greg Melton
Carter County Sheriff Found Dead on His Property
By: Kathy Sweeney & Heartland News

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. - A new temporary sheriff has been sworn in.

According to the Carter County Sheriff's Department, chief deputy Ted Reynolds is now in place as the sheriff.

Reynolds will hold this position until the end of the year when Sheriff Melton's term would have expired.

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Funeral services for Sheriff Melton will be held Tuesday at the East Carter County High School in Ellsinore.

Superintendent Daniel Slack tells Heartland News school is cancelled that day.

Visitation begins at noon, with the service starting at 2 p.m.  Immediately following the service, there will be a procession to McRone cemetery in Grandin.

More than 200 emergency vehicles are expected to be in attendance.

Instead of flowers, folks are asked to send contributions to the

Greg Melton Scholarship
in care of Laura Melton
P.O. Box 43
Grandin, MO 63943

Superintendent Slack says the junior high boys basketball game scheduled for Monday will be played in the elementary school gym.  Tuesday's game is canceled.

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Leaders in Carter County have chosen a man to replace two-term Sheriff Greg Melton.
This according to Carter County Commissioner Gene Oakley, he probably won't release that person's name until Monday morning pending on whether their candidate accepts the position.
All this following the death of 47-year-old Sheriff Greg Melton who was found dead on his property Thursday night of an apparent gunshot wound.
Investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol will not say exactly how Melton died, but they did say they are not actively searching for suspects at this time.
Oakley says after an interim sheriff is named, then commisioners will decide what happens next after the November 4th election.
Melton's name will still appear on the ballot.
The Highway Patrol took a call on the incident at 8:16 p.m. Thursday night.  Sgt. Marty Elmore out of Troop G says the Highway Patrol will not issue a written statement until after an autopsy is conducted, which won't happen until Friday afternoon.
When I asked Sgt. Elmore if any foul play is suspected in Sheriff Melton's death, he said, "no suspects are being actively sought at this time."
Carter County Presiding Commissioner Gene Oakley says, "Sheriff Melton had many friends in Carter County who will sorely miss him." Oakley also plans to sit down with his commissioners tonight to talk about what happens next and what will be in the best interests of Carter County.  Sheriff Melton was running for his third term as sheriff on the Democratic ticket.