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William S. Westfall

COLUMBIA, Mo.- The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the death of a man arrested by State Troopers on Wednesday.

Troop F with the Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed William S. Westfall, 21, of Eugene, Missouri died at University Hospital in Columbia Thursday just after 9:00 p.m.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Westfall and three other passengers were stopped by troopers from Troop F on Missouri Route BB near Eugene. Troopers stopped the vehicle after recognizing Westfall, a known fugitive, was in the vehicle.

During the stop Westfall and three others in the vehicle were found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  All four were taken into custody.

While in transport, officers noticed Westfall may have been experiencing physical and mental distress. He was then taken to Capital Regional Medical Center for treatment. A preliminary investigation by the patrol indicated Westfall may have ingested an unknown amount of methamphetamine prior to being arrested by the Missouri Highway Patrol. Westfall was later transported to University Hospital where he died Thursday evening April 28, 2016.

Prior to his death, the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney charged Westfall with a number of different crimes including distribution of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Westfall’s bond was initially set at $75,000.

The three other suspects in the vehicle with Westfall were also charged by the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney. Katherine E. Rice, 24, of Jefferson City, Missouri was charged with possession of controlled substance with a bond at $30,000, Michael J. Taylor, 24, of Russellville, Missouri was charged with possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $30,000, and Brandon P. Cavaness, 25, of Jefferson City, Missouri was also charged with possession of controlled substance with a $10,000 bond.

The death of William S. Westfall is still an on-going investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol.