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Suspects in custody after body of former probation officer found inside home

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Three suspects are in custody after the body of a former probation officer was found in Franklin County Thursday.

The body of Kenneth Allen, Jr, 70 was found inside a home on Elmwood Estates Drive, near Highway 47.

Friday morning, the Major Case Squad said they arrested 28-year-old Whitney Robins, 30-year-old Timothy Wonsih and 17-year-old Blake Schindler in connection to Allen’s death.

Ron Brinker, who lives nearby, told News 4, "It's very shocking to hear something happened like that in this neighborhood."

Lt. Gary Higginbotham is leading the investigation.

"An acquaintance came, made contact this morning and actually located the victim," Higginbotham said

Higginbotham said there were no obvious signs of death or signs of a struggle, but drawers had been opened and some items had been moved around the house.

Allen was a former probation and parole officer who later ran drug treatment programs for Franklin County's drug court. He recently filed a federal lawsuit against the county, claiming some defendants in drug court were forced to be informants for police.

To avoid any possible conflict of interest, because of Allen's previous connections to the county, the FBI was called in to process the scene.  

Because of Allen's work with drug treatment programs, neighbors said it wasn't unusual to see people visiting or staying with Allen. Recently a visitor to his home prompted a call to police and paramedics. 

"Yes there was an overdose five or six weeks ago I guess, at the same house," said Gordon Ziegler, a neighbor.

Eighteen detectives with the Major Case Squad are working on the case.

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