Police report that they have arrested a Hannibal man in connection with the death of 28-year-old Jennie Jo Blankenship. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released. 

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of South 9th Street to investigate a death at approximately 2:21 p.m. on August 16. According to Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis, the death is being investigated as a potential homicide. "This is an isolated incident and there appears to be no risk to the community at large," said Chief Davis in a news release from the department.

The investigation is ongoing. Further details will be released as they become available.

Kurt Parsons

Press release from the Hannibal Police Department

***UPDATE (Suspect Arrested)***

The investigation by the Hannibal Police Department into the death of female identified as Jennie Jo Blankenship, 28 of Hannibal led to the arrest of a Hannibal man on Monday.  The investigation into this incident is on-going with further details to be released at a later time when deemed appropriate to do so.

***UPDATE***

Due to recent findings and information uncovered by Hannibal Police Department Detectives, the death investigation originally reported August 16th, is now being investigated as a potential homicide. The investigation suggests this is an isolated incident and there appears to be no risk to the community at large. This investigation is on-going and no further information will be released until deemed appropriate to do so.

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM Officers with the Hannibal Police Department were called to an address in the 200 block of South 9th Street for a death investigation. The investigation is still ongoing and no details will be released until notifications have been made and a full investigation has been properly conducted.

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