Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.
The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton. The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.
An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.
Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.
The University of Missouri will hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate the school's handling of matters related to former Mizzou student Sasha Menu Courey. The swimmer committed suicide in 2011, 16 months after claiming she'd been raped by members of the Missouri football team.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to approve the recommendation of University President Tim Wolfe, to hire an independent investigator. The board has not yet chosen a firm, but stipulated that it must have independence from the university.
The board wants the inquiry completed in time for the board's next meeting in Rolla on April 11th.
Doctors are still trying to determine what caused three young children to become sick inside their Hazelwood home.
Authorities say the children's babysitter called 9-1-1 Thursday afternoon when she had trouble waking the children, ages two, three and four. Firefighters pulled the children from the home on Tamma Lane and rushed them to DePaul Hospital.
Just what made them sick is still a mystery. Firefighters checked the home for carbon monoxide leaks, but found none. Initial toxicology tests also gave no clues.
The children were later airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for more extensive testing. Hazelwood police say they're being told the children are expected to recover.
Police are digging for evidence at the home of an elderly woman who was found frozen to death in her driveway last weekend. Glen Carbon police say their investigation isn't related to the death of 83 year old Mary Kampwerth.
Illinois State Police and local officials say they're acting on a tip regarding some type of criminal activity, but won't comment on what the crime was or who may be involved.
Investigators using heavy equipment have checked 90-percent of the property, focusing a lot of attention on a pond behind the home.
The search of the home and property along Illinois Rte. 159 halted late Tuesday night because of cold and darkness, but investigators say it will resume Wednesday morning.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is doing something he's never done before. He's calling for an FBI investigation of an officer-involved shooting.
In April 2013, 25 year old Cary Ball was shot to death by police after he fled a traffic stop. The officers say Ball had pointed his gun at them. A police investigation concluded last month that the shooting was justified.
Ball's family told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they don't believe he would have aimed a gun at police. They've filed a wrongful-death suit.
Chief Dotson told the paper that he's asked for the FBI probe to make certain his department got it right, and not because of any allegations against the officers involved.
The NTSB and FAA are investigating a plane crash in Puerto Rico that killed a St. Louis native.
Monday night, 28 year old Steven Gullberg II and his co-pilot were killed when the cargo plane they were flying crashed along Puerto Rico's north coast. Authorities say the plane had been en route from the Dominican Republic when it descended rapidly over the mountains.
Gullberg was a Hazlewood Central High School graduate.
For the past three months Gullberg had worked for Fort Lauderdale based IBC Airways. Gullberg's family says he had expressed concerns about problems with the maintenance of the company's planes, even questioning their safety.
Suspended Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy says he's still not sure why the school board placed him on administrative leave. McCoy spoke with the press and about 50 supporters at Shalom Church in Berkeley Tuesday afternoon.
McCoy says he learned from media reports, and not the school board that there was a concern about the reporting of attendance numbers in August of 2012.
He says someone four-levels below superintendent actually reports the attendance data. "My expectation for my staff is to review the data and make it accurate," he said. "That's my only involvement, my only conversations about it. No conversations with the board, and no knowing of them even having an issue with it."
McCoy says both he and his attorney have asked for a meeting with the board. But Board President Paul Morris issued a statement saying they've received no such requests since placing McCoy on leave November 6th.
The backlash over Dr. McCoy's suspension may not be fully felt until the next school board election.
Arthelda Busch, chairwoman of the district's Citizens' Taskforce on Excellence in Education stood by McCoy Tuesday afternoon as he spoke to the press and supporters in Berkeley.
McCoy told the crowd that he's never actually been told why the school board voted 6-1 November 6th to place him on administrative leave. Busch says that's one reason she's calling on Board President Paul Morris to step down.
"Mr. Morris' past affiliations with the district and the board's current decisions have created huge concerns and distrust among the community at large," Busch said.
In his statement, Morris said an investigation into several accusations against McCoy is underway and he hopes to resolve the situation soon.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is asking the FBI to help in the investigation of suspicious financial dealings at the county health department. Chief Fitch has asked the FBI to conduct a forensic investigation into the financial records involving former health department administrator Ed Mueth.
County police are trying to determine if Mueth had co-conspirators when he allegedly used a bogus computer company to steal millions of dollars from the county before committing suicide.
Chief Fitch says his department has received hundreds of pages of subpoenaed records and wants to question dozens of people over Mueth's financial dealings.
ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Moments before an investigative report was supposed to broadcast on a St. Louis television station, it was pulled because the man highlighted in the story, was found dead.
Forty-year-old Jamie Hart filed a lawsuit against the "Better Business Bureau" in 2010, claiming the organization targeted him because he complained that the watchdog group wasn't’ treating him fairly. In the lawsuit, Hart asked for at least $500,000. The BBB denied any wrongdoing and the suit was dismissed a few months later.
Monday night, KSDK-TV decided to pull the "Five on Your Side" investigative story.
Investigators initially found no signs of foul play and the medical examiner said Hart did not suffer a heart attack. Toxicology tests are pending.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports station officials sent an e-mail to KSDK employees, that provided contact information for grief counselors.