September 15, 2015

Authorities seek drivers in connection with Neosho hit-and-run death

Joplin Globe Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:16 pm

NEOSHO, Mo. — Authorities are seeking the drivers of two vehicles for questioning in connection with a man’s death over the weekend in what police believe was a hit-and-run.
Neosho officers were dispatched at 1:13 a.m. Saturday to the area of Highway 59 and Malcolm Mosby Drive after receiving a report of a man lying in the middle of the road.
Officers found Matthew Brooks Stevens, 19, of Neosho, lying in the road. He appeared to have been hit by a vehicle that had since fled the scene. Paramedics confirmed Stevens was dead on arrival.

An autopsy was performed Monday on Stevens in Springfield, and results indicated his injuries were the result of being hit from behind by a vehicle, according to a statement from police.

Neosho police were joined by Newton County detectives in the investigation on Monday, according to a police statement.
Investigators learned that two vehicles left a bar near the intersection of Route D and Highway 59 about the time of the death. The first vehicle was a black Chevy Cruze, and the second was a light-colored sport utility vehicle, according to police. The drivers are being sought for questioning because of the time frame in relation to the fatality.
Police Chief David Kennedy said Tuesday afternoon that there were no suspects at this point.

A private individual has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible, according to police.

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