Deaths of 4-year-old and family friend ruled a murder-suicide

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – An autopsy has determined a 4-year-old boy and 37-year-old man found dead in rural Missouri last week died in a murder-suicide.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the boy, Bentlee Turner, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head. The adult, Monty Barton, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The autopsies were conducted at University Hospital in Columbia.

Turner and Barton were found dead on Valentine Ford Road near Missouri Route A in Gasconade County, just after 11:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16, a few hours after the 4-year-old had been reported missing.

According to state police, local authorities in Belle, Missouri alerted state investigators to the missing boy just after 8:10 p.m.

The boy had reportedly been with Barton since the morning hours of Sunday, September 15.

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.


Latest News

More News