The U.S. Marshals Service stated on Friday that the reward for information that results in the arrest of a McDowell County murder suspect has been raised to $15,000.
Kenneth Alan Stout, a murder suspect, is still being sought after by the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Marshals Service and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office are looking for Stout in connection with the first-degree murder of Barbara Baker, whose corpse was discovered in a car on Beartown Branch Road in West Virginia on April 1.
A reward of up to $10,000 has been offered by the US Marshals in exchange for information that results in Stout’s capture. The sum rises to $15,000 when combined with a Crime Stoppers of West Virginia reward.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Stout has a long history of violence and is an extremely dangerous and cunning person. Investigators have gathered evidence that suggests Stout is probably abusing the religious community’s generosity.
He frequently attends mostly Black and Baptist churches and presents himself as a down-on-his-luck handyman or contractor who claims his wife recently passed away from cancer or was unfaithful to him. Then he looks for financial assistance, which he utilizes to surreptitiously facilitate his escape from the law. Additionally, he is known to hunt for handyman jobs.
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Stout has a significant criminal history for domestic-related offenses in both McDowell County and the adjoining Mercer County, according to sheriff James “Boomer” Muncy.
Muncy claimed that Stout and Baker formerly shared a home. When Baker died, Stout was not a resident of McDowell County.
Stout, a 63-year-old Caucasian male who is roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, is stout. He is mostly bald, yet he has black hair and brown eyes. His right hand and arm have obvious scars.
According to Michael T. Baylous, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia, “The U.S. Marshals have made this a major case.” Because of this, it is a key priority for us, and we won’t let up until Mr. Stout is found.
We implore the general public, and particular the religious community, to be on the watch for Stout since he may be armed and is hazardous due to his aggressive tendencies. Do not approach him if you see him; instead, call the police right away.
Stout is thought to frequently frequent the areas of Kingsland, Georgia, Jacksonville, Florida, and the area around Interstate 95 in Dillon County, South Carolina.
The U.S. Marshals Service is asking anybody with information on Stout’s whereabouts to call them at 1 (877) WANTED-2 or the USMS Southern District of West Virginia at (304) 347-5136.
Through the USMS Tips App, tips can be shared.
Tips can also be reported online at www.crimestopperswv.com or by emailing the CUFFED Task Force Tip Hotline at USMS88TIPS@usdoj.gov.
The U.S. Marshals Service promises that calls and tips will be treated in strict secrecy and with complete anonymity.
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