Detectives with the Joplin Police Department and the Tri-State Major Case Squad are investigating a murder that happened yesterday.

Cops were dispatched to 3014 S. Michigan Avenue, Joplin, MO, at 3:07 p.m., after the children of 49 year-old Kristy K. Hunt went to her home after not being able to reach their mother.
They found her gravely wounded on the floor of her home with multiple stab wounds and called 911.
Hunt died a short time later after being transported to St. John's in Joplin.
A knife was found near Hunt's body, but authorities say it will take DNA analysis to determine if it is indeed the murder weapon.

Friends say that Hunt, who worked at Community Bank and Trust as the mortgage department manager, had recently quit her job. Authorities don't believe that her lending position had anything to do with her death.
UPDATE 12-18-08: Preliminary results of the autopsy performed on Hunt in Columbia today have ruled that her wounds were self-inflicted and the case has been closed as a suicide.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

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Stabbing Update


The female in the stabbing case died at St. John’s Hospital a short time ago. The name is not being released at this time to allow for notification of family members.

Further information will be available tomorrow December 17, 2008

Corporal Chuck Niess
Telephone Reporting Officer/ Assistant P.I.O.
Joplin Police Department


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First Degree Assault

Officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to 3014 S. Michigan Avenue, Joplin, MO at 3:07 P.M. December 16, 2008.

Caller reported a 49 year old female with possible stab wounds. The female was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital for treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time.

The Investigations Bureau of the police department responded and has started an investigation. The investigation is in its early stages and further details are not available at this time.

Corporal Chuck Niess
Telephone Reporting Officer/ Assistant P.I.O.
Joplin Police Department

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