News

911 call led to triple homicide suspect in Missouri

COLE CAMP, Mo. | A 911 call made the night a Cole Camp family was shot to death led investigators to a relative from Kansas who is charged in the fatal shootings.

It also has police looking for additional suspects.

According to a probable cause statement, Benton County central dispatch received the emergency call at 10:16 p.m. June 7, but the operator couldn't understand what was being said before the connection was broken. When dispatchers called the number back, the call went straight to voice mail.

Two days later, the bodies of Donnie Luetjen, 64, Sharon Luetjen, 61, and their granddaughter, Taron Luetjen, 15, were found at their home.

A later analysis of the 911 recording revealed discussions in the background, investigators said.

“It was determined that one of the male voices was directing Sharon Luetjen to sit down, put her arms behind her and at least two threats to shoot her and the other two victims,” Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen said in the statement.

An unnamed person identified one of the voices on the recording as belonging to Donnie and Sharon Luetgen's nephew, Robert B. Blurton, Fajen said.

Blurton, 45, of Garnett, Kan., was charged last week with three counts of first-degree murder. He is being held in Garnett and fighting extradition to Missouri.

It was unclear Friday whether Blurton had obtained a lawyer. He was being held at Allen County Jail, but a jailer there said he had no record of inmates' attorneys. No attorney was listed in online court records.

Blurton lived with the Luetjens for a while before he went to prison in 2003 and told investigators he had not seen them since then, Fajen said. But the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime laboratory in Jefferson City said last week it had matched DNA from the murder scene to Blurton.

Blurton has convictions in both Kansas and Missouri. He was released from a Missouri prison in November after serving time for a 2005 forgery conviction in Benton County.

Fajen said Blurton's brother Marvin told officers that Blurton has some “pretty shady friends.”

“When interviewed, Marvin told investigators that his brother Robbie may have owed money to inmates he associated with while in prison and in June he was called by one of those inmates in an attempt to locate Robbie,” Fajen said in the statement.

Investigators said they are trying to determine whether other people were involved in the slayings, based on voices heard on the 911 recording.

  Comments