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Anthony James Balbirnie

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A "person of interest" in Khighla LeAnn Parks' homicide was arrested after a high speed chase that ended in Dallas County.

Forty seven year-old Anthony James Balbirnie's arrest came just prior to authorities in Dallas County calling a press conference to ask for help in locating Balbirnie.   But before that could happen, Greene County Sheriff's deputies spotted Balbirnie about 5:30 p.m. and started a high speed chase to apprehend him. 

Balbirnie gave up the chase in Fairgrove and was taken into custody without incident.

Fifteen year-old Parks remains, which at one point had been weighted down, were found by fisherman in Truman Lake on September 30th.  That was ten days after she was last seen near her home in Willard.


Khighla on her beloved horse, Cheyenne


Earlier today authorities in Benton County said their investigation had taken them to Dallas County.  Authorities now say they believe that something that happened in the area of Buffalo led to the teens death.

Balbirnie, who is listed as a friend on Khighla's facebook page, has multiple convictions ranging from possession/manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance (they appear to be meth related) to resisting arrest with the intent to cause physical harm or death by fleeing.

In March of 2011, Balbirnie was sentenced to twelve years in prison for manufacturing a controlled substance and four years in prison for the resisting charges.  Those sentences were ordered to be served concurrently (at the same time,) and in April of 2011 he was released from prison and placed on supervised probation and ordered into a long term treatment program, according to online court records.


Profile picture for Balbirnie's facebook page


In 2004, Balbirnie was sent to prison on charges of unlawful use of a weapon after he violated the terms of his probation.  And in 1999, a jury in Cole County found him guilty of third-degree assault.  He was sentenced to sixty days in prison and successfully completed probation, according to court records.

If you have information that can help investigator's in this case you're asked to call the Benton County Sheriff  at 660-438-5252; Dallas County Sheriff  at 417-345-8207; Greene County Sheriff at 417-868-4040; Buffalo Police 417-345-8207; Missouri Highway Patrol Troop A 816-622-0800 or Troop D 417-895-6868 or 9-1-1.
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Visitation services for Khighla will be from 6-8pm on October 11, 2012 at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at White Chapel, 5234 W State Hwy EE (Division). Funeral services are scheduled for 2pm on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Clear Creek Baptist Church, 7600 W FR 108, Springfield, MO 65802. Interment will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established and donations can be sent to Klingner-Cope Funeral Home.

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