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I would like to personally take this time to reach out to all of the citizens and visitors of Bollinger County during th...
07/04/2021

I would like to personally take this time to reach out to all of the citizens and visitors of Bollinger County during this holiday weekend. It is important to remember, commemorate, and celebrate Independence Day and the meaning of this holiday. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday festivities and has a safe weekend.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

I would like to personally take this time to reach out to all of the citizens and visitors of Bollinger County during this holiday weekend. It is important to remember, commemorate, and celebrate Independence Day and the meaning of this holiday. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday festivities and has a safe weekend.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 5:27 p.m., Bollinger County Dispatch received an emergency 911 call from a ...
06/18/2021

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 5:27 p.m., Bollinger County Dispatch received an emergency 911 call from a reporting party who stated that a possible human body was located on Bollinger County Road 872 at an area known as the Artesian Well. Once that information was received, North Bollinger County Fire Protection District First Responders, Bollinger County EMS, and Deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to that location.

Upon arrival, officials located a large piece of plastic tape closed with duct tape. Inside of the plastic, clothes stuffed with trash was located which was disguised to appear as though it was a human body. Upon these findings, officials immediately confirmed that it was not a human body but was rather a disturbing and unnecessary prank. We are asking that if anyone has any information pertaining to this incident, please contact the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 238-2633.

* Below is a picture of what officials located on scene.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 5:27 p.m., Bollinger County Dispatch received an emergency 911 call from a reporting party who stated that a possible human body was located on Bollinger County Road 872 at an area known as the Artesian Well. Once that information was received, North Bollinger County Fire Protection District First Responders, Bollinger County EMS, and Deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to that location.

Upon arrival, officials located a large piece of plastic tape closed with duct tape. Inside of the plastic, clothes stuffed with trash was located which was disguised to appear as though it was a human body. Upon these findings, officials immediately confirmed that it was not a human body but was rather a disturbing and unnecessary prank. We are asking that if anyone has any information pertaining to this incident, please contact the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 238-2633.

* Below is a picture of what officials located on scene.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

05/24/2021

The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified applicants for multiple positions. Those positions are as follows:

- Deputy Sheriff K9 Handler
- Deputy Sheriff
- Communications Officer
- Corrections Officer

To obtain information in reference to applying for one of these positions, please contact the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office at (573)238-2633.

*For Immediate Release*From: Sheriff Casey A. GrahamReference: Missing Person/Homicide InvestigationCourt Case Number: 2...
04/23/2021

*For Immediate Release*

From: Sheriff Casey A. Graham
Reference: Missing Person/Homicide Investigation
Court Case Number: 21BO-CR00075
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

On Monday, 19 April 2021, the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a missing female. The missing female was identified as Jennifer Porzeinski. Jennifer Porzeinski had been reported as missing to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Fredericktown, Missouri, on 16 March 2021. The information provided suggested that investigators needed to speak with Kyle Byington in reference to the disappearance and possible whereabouts of Jennifer Porzeinski. At the time this information was received, it was reported that Kyle Byington was the last known person to see or speak with Jennifer Porzeinski.

After receiving that information, officials with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control met with Kyle Byington at his residence located on Bollinger County Road 362 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021. While speaking with Kyle Byington, information was obtained that Jennifer Porzeinski had been with Kyle Byington at his residence prior to when she was reported as missing. A short time later, Kyle Byington was placed under arrest for multiple arrest warrants out of Bonne Terre, Missouri, for criminal charges not pertaining to this investigation. After he was placed under arrest, Kyle Byington was transported to the Bollinger County Jail.

Upon arrival at the Bollinger County Jail, Kyle Byington was interviewed in reference to the investigation and the disappearance of Jennifer Porzeinski. After the interview, a search warrant was obtained for Kyle Byington’s residence. During the search of Kyle Byington’s residence, multiple items of evidence were located and collected.

The following day, on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, officials with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, and members of the Cape Girardeau County/Bollinger County Major Case Squad resumed the search of Kyle Byington’s residence as well as the property. During that search, human remains were located on Kyle Byington’s property in a shallow grave. After the remains were located, they were removed from that location and an autopsy for the remains was scheduled.

On Friday, 23 April 2021, an autopsy of the human remains was conducted at the Saint Francois County Morgue in Farmington, Missouri. During the autopsy, the human remains were identified as Jennifer Porzeinski. Once the autopsy was concluded, it was determined that the cause of death was neck compression possibly due to strangulation.

At the conclusion of this investigation, a warrant was issued for Kyle Byington’s arrest on Friday, 23 April 2021. Kyle Byington was charged with Murder 1st Degree (Class A Felony) and Abandonment of a Co**se (Class E Felony). Kyle Byington was denied bond upon the issuance of the arrest warrant. Kyle Byington remains in custody at the Bollinger County Jail and is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

I would like to personally thank Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, and Cape Girardeau Police Department for their assistance throughout this investigation.

All further questions pertaining to this investigation will be referred to Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Gray.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

*For Immediate Release*

From: Sheriff Casey A. Graham
Reference: Missing Person/Homicide Investigation
Court Case Number: 21BO-CR00075
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

On Monday, 19 April 2021, the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a missing female. The missing female was identified as Jennifer Porzeinski. Jennifer Porzeinski had been reported as missing to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Fredericktown, Missouri, on 16 March 2021. The information provided suggested that investigators needed to speak with Kyle Byington in reference to the disappearance and possible whereabouts of Jennifer Porzeinski. At the time this information was received, it was reported that Kyle Byington was the last known person to see or speak with Jennifer Porzeinski.

After receiving that information, officials with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control met with Kyle Byington at his residence located on Bollinger County Road 362 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021. While speaking with Kyle Byington, information was obtained that Jennifer Porzeinski had been with Kyle Byington at his residence prior to when she was reported as missing. A short time later, Kyle Byington was placed under arrest for multiple arrest warrants out of Bonne Terre, Missouri, for criminal charges not pertaining to this investigation. After he was placed under arrest, Kyle Byington was transported to the Bollinger County Jail.

Upon arrival at the Bollinger County Jail, Kyle Byington was interviewed in reference to the investigation and the disappearance of Jennifer Porzeinski. After the interview, a search warrant was obtained for Kyle Byington’s residence. During the search of Kyle Byington’s residence, multiple items of evidence were located and collected.

The following day, on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, officials with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, and members of the Cape Girardeau County/Bollinger County Major Case Squad resumed the search of Kyle Byington’s residence as well as the property. During that search, human remains were located on Kyle Byington’s property in a shallow grave. After the remains were located, they were removed from that location and an autopsy for the remains was scheduled.

On Friday, 23 April 2021, an autopsy of the human remains was conducted at the Saint Francois County Morgue in Farmington, Missouri. During the autopsy, the human remains were identified as Jennifer Porzeinski. Once the autopsy was concluded, it was determined that the cause of death was neck compression possibly due to strangulation.

At the conclusion of this investigation, a warrant was issued for Kyle Byington’s arrest on Friday, 23 April 2021. Kyle Byington was charged with Murder 1st Degree (Class A Felony) and Abandonment of a Co**se (Class E Felony). Kyle Byington was denied bond upon the issuance of the arrest warrant. Kyle Byington remains in custody at the Bollinger County Jail and is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

I would like to personally thank Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, and Cape Girardeau Police Department for their assistance throughout this investigation.

All further questions pertaining to this investigation will be referred to Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Gray.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

04/22/2021

For Immediate Release

On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received information in reference to a report of a missing adult female who had previously been reported as missing out of Madison County, Missouri. After receiving that information, Deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office along with Investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control conducted an investigation within Bollinger County. Throughout the course of that investigation, numerous items of evidence were collected including human remains. At this time, one subject is in custody at the Bollinger County Jail in reference to this investigation pending the filing of formal criminal charges. This remains an ongoing investigation and additional updates will follow.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

04/05/2021

For Immediate Release

From: Sheriff Casey A. Graham
Reference: Homicide Investigation – Court Case Number 21BO-CR00053; 21BO-CR00054
Date: Monday, April 5, 2021

I would like to take this time to provide further information in reference to the on-going death investigation and the subsequent arrests of Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson that occurred on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. The deceased male was identified as Joshua Taylor, a thirty-two (32) year old white male with developmental disabilities.

On Friday, April 2nd, 2021, at approximately 1:15am, Deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence on Bollinger County Road 346 for what was originally reported as an unresponsive male. Once Deputies arrived on scene, they located Mr. Taylor lying face up and partially submerged in a pond on the property. Upon further observation, it was determined that Mr. Taylor was deceased and had several facial injuries which consisted of bruising of both eyes, several abrasions on the forehead, bruising of the nose, laceration to the lip, and lacerations above both eyes. In addition to those injuries, red marks consistent with ligature marks were observed on Mr. Taylor’s left forearm and wrist from where it appeared as though he had been restrained at some point prior to his death. After making those observations, contact was made with the residents of the property, Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson.

While speaking with them, along with a witness to the assault, information was obtained in reference to the assault of Mr. Taylor. Once that information was obtained, Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson were transported to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, and throughout the course of the additional interviews, the following information was obtained pertaining to the assault and death of Mr. Taylor.

According to the witness, Mr. Taylor was restrained to a chair inside of Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson’s residence. After he was restrained, Heather Watson then began to assault Mr. Taylor. During the assault by Heather Watson, Mr. Taylor was repeatedly struck with a bar of soap that had been placed into a sock as well as closed fist strikes. Additionally, a towel had been placed over Mr. Taylor’s head as water was continuously poured onto the towel covering his face. During that time, it was reported that Joshua Proffer was present for the assault and was giving instructions to Heather Watson on how to carry out the assault. After the assault and once they presumed that Mr. Taylor was deceased, Mr. Taylor was dragged to the pond where he was placed. After this information was obtained, both Heather Watson and Joshua Proffer were placed under arrest for Murder 1st Degree.

A search warrant was obtained for their residence where the assault occurred. Once that search warrant was served, several items of evidence were collected pertaining to this investigation. Those items were consistent with the information provided in reference to the details of the assault of Mr. Taylor.

A short time later, arrest warrants were issued for both Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson. Those warrants were issued for one (1) count of Murder 1st Degree with a bond of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) cash only. After those warrants were issued, they were served to Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson who remain incarcerated in the Bollinger County Jail.

On Monday, 05 April 2021, Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson appeared in court in front of Honorable Judge Alan J. Beussink. Both subjects were denied a bond reduction and their next court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, 14 April 2021, at 09:00 a.m. at the Bollinger County Courthouse.

This remains an active investigation. At this time, additional charges are expected to be filed by the Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office against Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson in reference to this investigation. Both subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

All further questions in reference to this investigation will be referred to Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Gray.

Respectfully,
Sheriff Casey A. Graham

For Immediate ReleaseOn Friday, 02 April 2021, at approximately 12:59 a.m., the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office receiv...
04/03/2021

For Immediate Release

On Friday, 02 April 2021, at approximately 12:59 a.m., the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive male on Bollinger County Road 346. Deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Upon arrival, Deputies found a thirty-two (32) year old male subject deceased. Throughout the course of this investigation, evidence obtained supported that the male was assaulted prior to his death and suffered serious physical injuries. After those observations were made, interviews were conducted with Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson who were present at the time of the male's death. Those interviews were conducted along with the assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. After those interviews were conducted, along with an interview of a witness to the assault, Proffer and Watson were placed under arrest and booked into the Bollinger County Jail per departmental procedure.

Afterwards, at approximately 6:16 p.m., warrants were issued for Proffer and Watson’s arrest. The warrant information is as follows:

Joshua C. Proffer
Charge: Murder – 1st Degree
Bond Amount: $1,000,000.00 Cash Only

Heather M. Watson:
Charge: Murder – 1st Degree
Bond Amount: $1,000,000.00 Cash Only

Proffer and Watson remain incarcerated in the Bollinger County Jail. Both subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Additional charges for both Proffer and Watson are expected.

The victim's identity will not be released at this time due to several unsuccessful attempts to locate next of kin.

I would like to personally thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Bollinger County Coroner's Office for their assistance throughout this investigation.

- Sheriff Casey A. Graham

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Marble Hill, MO
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PLEASE CHECK YOUR FB MESSAGES FOR THE REPORT I MADE ON APRIL 12, 2021 REGARDING MY STOLEN DOG.
I've been a Bollinger County resident for about 15 years... I consider our county the safest place on earth... Without your department this would not be true... We appreciate you and your service to our community... Thank You!!
Due to the forecast for Halloween, instead of our tent out front, we'll pass out candy from the garage area around the side of our building starting at 5 pm on Halloween. Please bring your kids to see us!
Be sure and go to Bollinger County Chamber & Visitors Bureau page and 'like' our photo for the scarecrow contest!
Thank you all for coming to the Leopold 2019 Graduation. What a great show of support for a local school! Thank you to each and every one of you for your service!
I seen this and thought of you guy Alain Stevens Casey graham nick Becker mike Henson Darren shell thank u for all u have done for me you all are great at what you do oh and sergeant Howard u too I didn’t forget about you Deputy Blake Bullard
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