Authorities have been tight-lipped on details surrounding a shooting on Saturday night near Sunflower and Vest Streets in Warrensburg.  Responding officers found William “Blaine” Whitworth, 25, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad was activated Tuesday morning.  In their second press release, Warrensburg police named investigators from Johnson, Pettis, Henry, Lafayette, Saline and Ray counties to the squad.  Officials have released no suspect description or motive in the weekend shooting.  The city’s last homicide was in 2009.

Press Release from the Warrensburg Police Department

The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad met at 9:00 AM in Warrensburg for briefing on the William “Blaine” Whitworth homicide case.  A total of 35 major case squad investigators have convened to participate in this investigation.  Involved in the Major Case Squad are investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Police/Sheriff’s agencies from Johnson, Pettis, Henry, Lafayette, Saline, and Ray County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Division of Drug and Crime Control and their Violent Crime Support Unit is involved in this investigation.

Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss is acting as the Officer in Charge, Warrensburg PD Lieutenant Randy Eich and Pettis County Sheriff’s Department Captain David Keller are the Leads Officers, Missouri State Highway Patrol DDCC Sergeant Hugh Fowler is the Reports Officer, Warrensburg PD Detective Tim Lowry is the Evidence Officer and Warrensburg PD Chief Bruce Howey is the Public Information Officer.

The Warrensburg Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 1000 block of Sunflower at 9:30 PM September 1st.  Responding officers found William “Blaine” Whitworth age 25 deceased at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Warrensburg Police Department at (660) 747-9133.