Missing Howell County man identified

A West Plains man last seen December 2, 2023, was found deceased by Howell County Sheriff’s deputies on January 29. Deputies are still investigating the circumstances that led to the death of Levi M. Gunter, 41. Gunter was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on December 20. Law enforcement began the search for him at that time. The deceased was one of three suspects in the 2020 shooting deaths of Frankie Ziegler and Richard Kuntz. Charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action were set for a jury trial in July. The other two suspects’ cases were adjudicated last year. 
 
West Plains Police Department, Bakersfield Fire Department, Tecumseh Fire Department, Caulfield Fire Department, and Pottersville Fire Department cooperated in the search that located Gunter’s body on a Howell County property. 
 
-Amanda Mendez
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