A simple narcotics search warrant has turned into something possibly much bigger. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department and Joplin Police Department executed that warrant Tuesday afternoon at 1174 Crane Drive, just south of 32nd Street, outside of city limits.
“The investigation turned into an investigation into the disappearance of Sarah Burton,” says Joplin Police Captain Trevor Duncan. “Newton County Sheriff’s Department and FBI are leading the investigation today. We’re in contact with them as it pertains to our missing persons case with Sarah Burton but they are the initial agency at this point.”
Burton has been missing since July when she was last seen in Joplin. This possible crime scene is one of the first leads authorities have had in months.
We’ll have the latest updates for you as the investigation unfolds.