According to a press release from the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney, the Edgerton man who was found in Arizona after the death of four of his family members was arraigned for stealing a car from the crime scene in Platte County Associate Circuit Court today.


Grayden L. Denham, 24, of Edgerton, is accused of stealing a car from Russell and Shirley Denham, who lived at the location.  

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said Denham was arraigned Monday, June 6, 2016, following his extradition from Arizona. Platte County Sherriff’s Department deputies transported Denham from Arizona, and he arrived at the Platte County Jail on June 4, 2016.

On February 20, 2016, Russell and Shirley Denham were found dead at their home in Edgerton. Their granddaughter Heather Ager, 32, and her three-month-old son Mason Schiavoni, were also found dead. A fire had completely destroyed a home on the property, and all of the victims’ bodies had been burned.

According to court documents, Grayden Denham, who normally stayed at the residence, was not located there. He allegedly stole a 2012 brown Nissan Versa, which was owned by Russell and Shirley Denham.

He was located in Arizona on February 21, 2016, along with the 2012 Nissan Versa. The Nissan Versa’s Missouri license plates had allegedly been removed and replaced with stolen Oklahoma license plates.

The stealing charge is a Class C felony. It punishable by up to seven years in prison.  Grayden Denham remains in custody on a $100,000 cash only bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 14, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Division IV of the Platte County Circuit Court.

Zahnd and Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen have earlier said that Grayden Denham was a person of interest in the homicides.   Zahnd said that case remains under investigation by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri Fire Marshall’s Office. Zahnd is handling the case personally, with First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Gibson and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Megan Benton.