Macala Shelton: Missing Missouri Girl Stabbed To Death, Found In Abandoned Farm, Cops Say

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Macala Shelton.
On Saturday, a woman in Iberia, Missouri discovered that her thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Macala Shelton, was missing. She reported this to cops, prompting a search that apparently came to a tragic and disturbing end the following day.

Police now say that the girl's body was found in a wooded area in an unoccupied farm near to the central Missouri city and that authorities have since arrested the man responsible for her death. Steven Neal Henderson, 30, has been charged with murder after he allegedly confessed to cops that he stabbed the girl with a "large survival knife." Early reports suggest that he is a relative of the young girl.

A probable cause statement, on view below, says that he also told police "where the knife was disposed of and where it could be located."

Some reports say that Henderson lived at the same address as Macala Shelton and Missourinet has identified the suspect as a step uncle (the brother of the girl's stepfather).

The missing alert that went out on Saturday said that the girl was last seen going to bed at 11:45 p.m. the previous night and that when the grandmother went to wake her the next day, she was gone.

Based on the charges, it appears that by the time Shelton's grandmother realized the girl was gone, it was already too late. Police say Henderson killed her at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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Macala Shelton.

The statement from Miller County Prosecuting Attorney says:

After an extensive investigation the body was located in a wooded area at an unoccupied farm, near Iberia, Missouri. After an interview of the suspect a statement was made where he detailed how he stabbed her with a large survival knife. The suspect further revealed where the knife was disposed of and where it would be located. A search warrant was applied for and the weapon was located at the residence. Henderson is being held on Murder charges at the Miller County jail.

The girl's mother, Melissa Henderson, appears to be in the U.S. Army and deployed in Afghanistan currently:

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In a public post, she says she is heading back today.

Steven Henderson, Missourinet reports, had attended his sister's wedding as the best man that weekend.

The charges do not reference any possible motive.

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Macala Shelton.

Meanwhile, Jerry Henderson, who appears to have been the victim's stepdad, is now facing firearms charges that seem to be unrelated to the girl's death.

A probable cause statement from Miller County, included below, says that during the death investigation, investigators conducting a search at the home "located multiple firearms including a large cache of ammunition in the bedroom belonging to Jerry L. Henderson II. Several of the firearms were located in his bedroom were not locked up and were loaded and fully accessible. In excess of 20 firearms were found in his room including several hundred pounds of ammunition and hundreds of assault rifle magazines."

The statement says that he is a convicted felon for second-degree arson.

He is now facing charges of a class C felony of unlawful possession.

Here are the full charges against both Steven Henderson and Jerry Henderson.

Charges - Miller County

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17 comments
LH85
LH85

Man I was hoping for some better news about her. Makes me so sad to hear differently.

hjkrol59
hjkrol59

What is the money gong for with the bike fundraiser? The mother is military and has tons of benefits available to her? Se gets housing allowance and such, army has a army relief to assist as well.

Andrea Royals
Andrea Royals

If RFT hadn't posted about these stories, I would have never known about them. I didn't read about this or the baby anywhere else. The ones you reference are merely shockers but the RFT still publishes a wide variety of articles. Maybe you overlook the others because they lack the shock-value and don't grab your attention as easily.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

Hit the nail on the head @Patrik Coyne

Sue Stepanek
Sue Stepanek

I rather have these stories then hip hop artists who skateboard while drunk. I think the worst thing about losing someone is that the bad guy gets more attention then the victim. Let's remember this young girl who was so brutally taken away from her family

Rick Lebowski
Rick Lebowski

Dead on Patrick. Rft is looking more like HuffPo these days.

Patrik Coyne
Patrik Coyne

Jesus, RFT. You guys are doing these shock stories almost everyday. Really nothing more interesting or cool you can post? I get that it's news, but sometimes it feels like you're cutting corners with stories like this. Where's the interesting stories about my city that I came to love you for? Why aren't those in my newsfeed more often than seeing stories about dead kids or baby rapes?

amy.isenhour
amy.isenhour

What an asshole response. Absolutely disrespectful to the young girl who passed. My prayers are with this family.

nicolesunshine
nicolesunshine

@Patrik Coyne I'm pretty sure this little girls mother doesn't feel like RFT is cutting corners.

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