A reward fund has been set up by an anonymous donor to help catch and convict the killer/or killers in the double murder of an elderly couple in Jasper County.
In early October, after 70-year-old Bob Sheldon and his wife, 71-year-old Ellen, didn't show up for church one of their sons went to check on them. What he discovered was a gruesome crime scene; his parents and the family dog murdered.
The tri-state major case squad received dozens of calls and "persons of interest," but have yet to make any break in the case. Sheriff Archie Dunn told me "that they have received several leads in the case, but they are drying up."
The Sheldons owned and operated a gun shop The Old Cabin Shop on their property. If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so at at any UMB Bank, or the local UMB bank at 300 Grant St., Carthage. Donations are also being accepted at, The Old Cabin Shop at 155 N. Black Powder Lane, which is open on weekends
If you know anything about the case you're asked to call the Jasper County Sheriff's Office tip line. That number is 417-781-TIPS (8477) and make sure you leave a detailed message so that detectives can follow up on your lead.
Full News Release: A Sheldon Reward Fund has been set up at UMB Bank, 300 Grant St., Carthage, MO., on the north-east corner of the square. This fund has been set up by an anonymous source and will be rewarded to anyone with information which will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the deaths of Robert (Bob) and Ellen Sheldon. If you wish to donate money to the fund, you may go to UMB Bank during regular business hours, or go to the Old Cabin Shop located at 155 N. Black Powder Ln., Carthage, MO., which is open on the weekends.
If you have information regarding Bob and Ellen Sheldon’s deaths please call the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 417-781-8477 or 417-781-TIPS and leave a message. This line is available for use by anyone with information on any case. If you have information regarding the Sheldon homicide and wish to receive reward money, you must leave your name and phone number for one of the detectives to return your call to verify all information; otherwise you can leave anonymous tips.
The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the Sheldon double homicide and are still receiving leads and conducting interviews; however, we are still awaiting results from the crime lab on the evidence submitted. "If you have any information regarding this case, please call our TIPS line. We want to bring the suspect or suspects to justice and give some kind of closure to the family."
W. "Archie" Dunn
Jasper County Sheriff