Murder Suspect Arrested in Bootheel

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - Pemiscot County authorities today returned a murder suspect who was arrested yesterday near Hayti to Henry County, Missouri.

Sheriff Tommy Greenwell says 35-year-old Kenneth Kochenderfer of Warrensburg, MO was arrested Tuesday by his deputies on a warrant from Henry County.  Greenwell says Warren County authorities alerted his office that Kochendorfer might be in the Hayti area.  The suspect was wanted for first degree murder and robbery in Henry County.

Pemiscot County deputies began a surveillance of the suspect's girlfriend's home, and he was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a traffic stop in the northbound lane of Interstate-55.

Further investigation led Pemiscot County officers and agents with the Bootheel Drug Task Force and Missouri Highway Patrol to execute a search warrant "on a trailer located on a lot in Braggadocio."  There, officers found firearms, swords and coins that had been reported stolen "from the murder victim's residence in March of 2006, when the crime occured."