SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A 27-year-old man is in custody as a person of interest for the death of a 6-year-old central Missouri boy.
The Fulton Sun reports the man was taken into custody Thursday morning in a Sedalia trailer park on a Pettis County warrant for littering.
Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch told the newspaper the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office called the patrol at 3:15 a.m. asking to use its helicopter to search for a suspect in the Little Dixie Conservation area, near Millersburg.
The Sedalia Democrat reports the suspect was located through a cell phone ping, and a handgun was found in his vehicle.
Authorities haven’t released any details about the relationship between the man and the boy or the circumstances of the child’s death.