courtesy of Shannon County Sheriff’s Office

Iowa man found dead near Winona

An illegal gun sale went wrong in the woods around Winona, and an Iowa man is dead. The body of Shawn Kiger, 29, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was found in the area of E Highway in Shannon County on Dec. 14. Kiger had been missing since November.
On Dec. 6, a witness to Kiger’s murder contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol and kicked off an investigation that led to first degree murder charges against two Winona residents. 
According to court documents, Kiger and the witness travelled from Iowa to Missouri to purchase a firearm that was advertised for sale on the social media platform, Snap Chat. 
The two traveled to Winona on Nov. 21, arriving at Kyle Sebree’s, 32, residence in the early morning hours. From there, Sebree drove the victim’s truck around various locations while the victim and a witness were passengers. The witness told police they purchased narcotics at more than one stop on their tour of Shannon County and that they were smoking methamphetamine throughout the night. 
At some point, the evening turned violent. The witness told investigators he saw Sebree shoot Kiger in the back of the head, after observing him bound, gagged, and beaten in the bed of the truck. 
Kiger had been missing since that time until authorities executed a search warrant on Dec. 14. The location of the search was discovered by information obtained from the witness’s phone records. 
Text messages sent from the witness’s phone indicated the sale of the gun would take place at Sebree’s residence on Coker St. A search warrant of Sebree’s Winona residence located a piece of rope like the one used to bind Sebree. 
A second search warrant was executed at the Winona home of the other suspect, Heather McClendon, 41. In an interview with law enforcement, McClendon said Sebree and Kiger were at her home on Nov. 21, and that she had not seen them since. She also said she had purchased a .22 rifle for Sebree’s use. Sebree’s status as a convicted felon prevents him from legally purchasing a firearm.
In an interview with police, McClendon said Sebree used a handgun from her purse to kill Kiger. She later sold the handgun to an individual in Blytheville, AR, according to the probable cause statement filed in connection with these charges. 
Both McClendon and Sebree are being held without bond. Sebree faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping. McClendon has also been charged with first-degree murder as well as with tampering with evidence. 
Both defendants appeared before the Honorable Sandra Brewer on Dec. 15. 
 
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