Students alerted of homicide in Kirksville

The Kirksville Police Department is currently investigating a homicide that happened April 1. The incident took place on South Baltimore Street. The police have taken a person of interest into custody regarding the case. This person is described as a white male in his early 20s, but he is not a Truman State University student, according to a description released by Public Safety Director Sara Seifert.

Seifert sent an email to the Truman community at 8:31 p.m. announcing that KPD was investigating a homicide. She encouraged students to walk in groups while outside.

The Index contacted the Kirksville Police Department and has not received a response as of 8:45 p.m.

In a second email to Truman faculty, staff and students, at 9:59 p.m., Seifert stated that the residence halls have switched to ID card access only and safety is the University’s top priority. She stated this limited access will continue until “the situation in the Kirksville community” is resolved.

Seifert sent another follow-up email at 10:08 p.m. stating that the person of interest was taken into custody.
The second follow-up email states that residence halls will require a student ID to enter until 9 a.m. April 2. Seifert said this is for student’s safety.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-665-5621.

This story has been updated since its original publication and will be updated as more information is released.