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Desiree Siddens and Lary Warner


The Dallas County Sheriff's Department needs your help locating two more "persons of interest" in the investigation of Khighla Parks' murder.

The news that investigators are trying to find Desiree Siddens, 24, and Larry Warner, 39, for questioning came shortly after the probable cause statement against the first "person of interest," Anthony Balbirnie was released to the media this morning.

In a news release, Dallas County Sheriff Mike Rackley did not elaborate as to why detectives are seeking Siddens or Warner.

Parks, 15, of Willard, went missing on September 20th and was reported missing on September 21st.  Rackley says Khighla, was last seen at a party in the Buffalo area on September 20th.


Khighla and her beloved horse Cheyenne


On September 30th boaters on Truman Lake found the fifteen year-olds remains, which at one point had been weighted down.  When Khigla's remains were pulled from the lake she was wearing a dress, according to court documents.

On Sunday (10-07),  Benton County prosecutor Karen Woodley charged Balbirnie, 47, with abandonment of a corpse for allegedly dumping Khighla's body in Truman Lake.

According to the probable cause statement filed against Balbirnie, a woman who described herself as "in an on again-off again intimate relationship" with Balbirnie told Greene County detectives that Khighla, who had been wearing a dress, had been at her house in Buffalo on "on or about" September 21st and she saw Balbirnie wrap, bind and prepare Khighla's body for transport while at her home. The woman says Balbirnie then put Khighla's body in the trunk of a gold Pontiac Grand Am at "approximately" 2 to 3 a.m. and said he was going to Warsaw.


Anthony Balbirnie


It appears from the criminal complaint filed against Balbirnie, that prosecutors are attempting to set the stage for future filings against him as a prior and persistent offender, due to his lengthy criminal history which dates back to 1994. 

He has convictions for ranging from possession/and or manufacturing of a controlled substance to assault with the intent to cause physical harm or death.  In 2006, Balbirnie was the focus of an Amber Alert issued by the Springfield Police Department.  In that bulletin, investigators said a girl had been "apparently forcefully taken from a hotel room against her will." The AMBER Alert was cancelled when the girl returned home and no charges were ever filed against Balbirnie in that case.

If you know the whereabouts of  Siddens or Warner you're asked to call a hot line that has been set up for this case at 417- 345-8207 or 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are accepted.

Visitation services for Khighla will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday (10-11) at Klinger-Cope Funeral Home.  A celebration of life service will be held on Friday (10-12) at 2 p.m. at Clear Creek Baptist Church.

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UPDATE 10-11-12:

Siddens and Warner vountarily turned themselves in for questioning and were released. 
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Authorities say there were no visible wounds to Parks' body and it will take additional testing to determine if she was strangled.  It will take between six and eight weeks for toxicology tests to come back.

The investigation into Khighla Parks' death is ongoing.

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