Nearly three years ago, a Missouri man was reported missing. Law enforcement authorities have learned that he was murdered and now U.S. Marshals have apprehended a Missouri man who's a suspect as he was on the run in Louisiana.

The Missouri Highway Patrol announced in a press release that Thomas E. “Tedo” Gamble, 21, formerly of Potosi, Missouri, had been captured in Louisiana by United States Marshals as a suspect in the disappearance of John Paul Parton, of High Ridge, Missouri. He was reported missing on May 28, 2021 and is now believed to have been murdered.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control investigators learned of Parton's murder recently although no body has been found as of yet.

Gamble was arrested on April 25, 2024 in Port Allen, Louisiana, by the Port Allen Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. The St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney officially charged Thomas E. “Tedo” Gamble on May 1, 2024 of first degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence, and abandonment of a corpse. The Missouri Highway Patrol emphasizes that these are just accusations and not evidence of guilt.

Now, the Missouri Highway Patrol needs your assistance in locating the body of John Paul Parton. Anyone with information should contact Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Jason Ashby at 314-608-2764.

You can see the full statement from the Missouri Highway Patrol for more details and information on how this suspect was captured.

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