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2 Campbell, Mo. men charged in connection with missing man’s murder

Jonathan (left) and Philip (right) Cooper were charged in connection with Jerry Ott's murder.
Jonathan (left) and Philip (right) Cooper were charged in connection with Jerry Ott's murder.(Dunklin County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:19 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The search for a missing man is over and two people are in custody.

According to Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, two people were charged in connection with 61-year-old Jerry Ott’s murder.

Ott was reported missing on Monday, October 25.

Philip Cooper, 61, from Campbell, Mo., was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, abandonment of a corpse and stealing.

Jonathan Cooper, 36, also of Campbell, was charged with tampering with physical evidence, abandonment of a corpse and stealing.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Jain filed the charges against both men and they were taken to the Dunklin County Justice Center pending their court appearance.

Crews searched for Ott in a wooded area near County road 110 and 111 on Tuesday, October 26.

He was last seen on Monday possibly driving an older Yamaha camouflage ATV into the wooded area.

Deputies with the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Missouri Highway Patrol and members of the Malden, Campbell and Holcomb Fire Departments searched the wooded area with Ott’s concerned family and friends.

A survival flight helicopter also assisted in the search.

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