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Charges filed for homicide of Khighla Parks, Theresa Mohler

November 20, 2013

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has filed charges for the 2012 homicide of Khighla Parks and the 2008 homicide of Theresa Mohler.

On Sept, 21, 2012, 15-year-old Khighla Parks went missing from her residence near Willard, Mo. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department took a missing person report and began an investigation. On Sept. 30, 2012, the body of a deceased, juvenile female was discovered in Truman Lake, Benton County. This juvenile female was later identified as being Khighla Parks. At this time, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop A Unit, in Lee’s Summit, became involved in the investigation and determined that Parks’ death was a homicide. As the investigation progressed, investigators developed information indicating that incidents leading to the death of Parks occurred in Dallas County. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop D Unit, in Springfield, then became involved in the investigation.

During the last few weeks, charges have been filed on the following individuals in reference to this investigation:

Benton County:

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Murder 2nd Degree

Statutory Rape

Tampering with Physical Evidence

Child Molestation

Tampering with Physical Evidence

Amy L. Hartley

Murder 2nd Degree

Statutory Sodomy

Tampering with Physical Evidence

Maintaining a Public Nuisance

Dallas County:

Larry L. Warner

Murder 2nd Degree

Conspiracy to Commit Statutory Sodomy

Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Possession of Methamphetamine

Tampering with Evidence

On Aug. 10, 2008, Theresa Mohler was at the Anthony J. Balbirnie residence in Polk County, Missouri. While at this residence, Mohler was bound, held against her will, forcibly injected with narcotics, and raped over several days by Anthony Balbirnie. On Aug. 15, 2008, Mohler escaped the residence on foot and obtained transportation to Springfield, where she was taken to a hospital. While obtaining medical attention, it was determined that Mohler had obtained a serious infection from the forcible injection apparently provided to her from Balbirnie, which eventually led to her death. During the last few weeks, charges have been filed on the following individual in reference to this investigation:

Polk County:

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Murder 2nd Degree

1st Degree Assault

Forcible Rape

Anthony J. Balbirnie, 48, is currently incarcerated at the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green. Larry L. Warner, 40, is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Dallas County Jail, and Amy L. Hartley, 48, is incarcerated in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Investigators believe there may be individuals with further information in reference to these crimes. Any information the public might have regarding these investigations can be forwarded to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters at (417) 895-6868. Investigators would also like to remind callers they can remain anonymous.

Note: The above charges are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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