FAIRLAND — The death of a Fairland woman has led to the investigation of a man she was living with after she was reportedly held hostage and went several days without food or water, Fairland Police Chief Tony Wiseley said Tuesday.
Amber G. Barr, 29, of Fairland died Monday at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.
Wiseley said Bobby Joe Stogsdill, 67, of Fairland, has been questioned by authorities and is a person of interest in the case, but has not been arrested or charged.
“Her death is under investigation,” Wisely said. “The autopsy results are the key to the investigation.”
Wisely said he is expects to receive the preliminary autopsy on Wednesday and the toxicology results within six weeks.
Barr was placed in the hospital intensive care unit last week for dehydration, he said.
She reportedly told a nurse she had been held hostage without food and water, Wiseley said.
Wiseley said there was no indication Barr was being held against her will.
Stogsdill reportedly denied holding her hostage and claimed he tried to give her water while taking her to the hospital.
The couple had been living together for the past month after Barr became estranged from a former boyfriend, Wiseley said.
Editor’s note –Bobby Joe Stogsdill bears no relation to Sheila Stogsdill, a freelance reporter, whose stories appear in the Grove Sun Daily and the Miami News-Record.