Police arrest accidentally released murder parolee in Dunklin Co., Mo.

Police arrest accidentally released murder parolee in Dunklin Co., Mo.
Steve Bowen was released in the Dunklin County Justice Center after a miscommunication. (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)

DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - According to Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, around 2:15 p.m. police arrested Steven Bowen, an accidentally released murder parolee, near Paragould, Ark. earlier on Friday, December 13.

The Paragould City Swat Team, Greene County Sheriffs’ Office, Dunklin County Sheriffs’ Office, SEMO Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence on Greene Road 533 near Paragould Arkansas.

Steven Alan Bowen was apprehended at the residence without resistance.

Bowen was taken into custody and was transferred to the Greene County Jail in Paragould, Arkansas.

He is wanted on a Federal Arrest warrant for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, felon in possession of a fire arm, possession of a fire arm and furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and is currently on parole in the state of Missouri for murder.

Bowen will be transferred back to the State of Missouri where he will make an appearance in Federal Court in Cape Girardeau.

According to the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Steve Bowen, 54 and Carrie Ann Wimberley, 39, both of Arbyrd, Mo. were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and unlawful use of a weapon on Nov. 5.

Dunklin County Justice Center officials said Bowen was released, due to a miscommunication between dispatch and jail workers.

Officials with the jail did not know Bowen has a warrant for his arrest. He was released before this warrant was served.

Bowen was a prohibited possessor after being paroled for a 1991 murder and a 2016 felony drug case.

This comes after a search warrant on Nov. 4 revealed six baggies of methamphetamine. Bowen admitted to selling the drugs.

Officers also found a handgun at the home.

The search warrant was served as a part of an investigation by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Wimberley is on parole for a 2013 drug delivery.

Bowen was being held on a $70,000 cash-only bond and Wimberley is being held on a $60,000 cash-only bond.

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