Numerous Charges Filed in Two (2) Shooting Incidents in the Coal Area / Assistance Still Requested From Public

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, numerous criminal charges were filed on John Robert Scott, age 29, of Clinton, stemming from on-going criminal investigations into two (2) separate shooting incidents that both occurred on Friday evening, April 23, 2021, in the southeast portion of Henry County.

Charges filed by the Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office include counts of 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as single counts of 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary. Scott is currently being held at the Henry County Detention Center with no bond on these charges.

Kevin Lee Thornburg, age 32, is still wanted on an active felony warrant for a parole violation (original charge of 2nd degree burglary), which was issued on January 8, 2021, as well as other municipal warrants, and is still being considered a person of interest and needed for questioning regarding his knowledge into the April 23, 2021, incident which occurred on SE 250 in the Coal area.

Information has been developed that leads local law enforcement to believe that Thornburg may have been transported to the Clinton area, after he showed up at a residence in western Henry County near the Bates County Line, asking for a ride due to his vehicle being stuck in a field. He was reportedly transported, then dropped off near the western edge of Clinton, where he exited a vehicle and walked into the timberline.

Thornburg’s vehicle has since been located in the western portion of Henry County after the Sheriff’s Office drone was deployed and assisted with locating the vehicle during an aerial search. The vehicle was stuck in a field and contained numerous personal items belonging to Thornburg.

The location of the firearm used during the commission of these crimes is believed to be known and recovery efforts will be commencing in an attempt to locate it.Extreme caution is still being urged, if coming into contact with Thornburg for any reason.

If anyone has any information regarding either of these on-going investigations or of Kevin Thornburg’s current location, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

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