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Double murder reported Lehigh mars holidays

LCSO: Suspects caught in Wyoming

December 18, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE (mtoadvine@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Sheriff's investigators were in Wyoming this past weekend expecting to bring back a Lehigh Acres man who is accused of killing his mother and his younger brother who he lived with at 1919 Jefferson St. in Lehigh.

The area is known as "Little Alva" as it is rural and is close to the borders of Alva and Lehigh. There are only four houses on the street.

Neighbors called the Sheriff's Office on Dec. 12 just before 7 p.m. after they discovered the bodies of Shelly Tompkins, 55, and her son, Daniel Tompkins, who is 22 and just recently returned from the military.

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Steven Tompkins

The Lee County Sheriff's Office put out a nationwide manhunt alert seeking to find Steven Tompkins, 24, and called him at first "a man of interest."

During the search, Tompkins was seen at a Walmart in Orangeburg, S.C., with 19-year-old Joycelin Luck, who has also been arrested in Wyoming, officials said. She had been reported missing by her mother who said she disappeared and took cash with her.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the two were stopped and arrested late Thursday, Dec. 12 along Interstate 25, about 65 miles north of Cheyenne. Officials in Wyoming said Tompkins and a teenage companion were arrested after their truck ran out of gas, according to the Associated Press reporting a story in the Wyoming Star Tribune.

Steve Tompkins and Joycelin Luck, were arrested in Platte County, Wyoming.

Sheriff's investigators say Steve Tompkins is facing two counts of second degree murder and is expected to be extradited back to Lee County.

The 19-year-old faces two counts of accessory after the fact. Investigators did not say if she knew of the two murders.

In a prepared statement, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said he was "extremely grateful for our law enforcement partners in Wyoming."

"And to the state troopers for the safe apprehension of the two in the fuel starved vehicle and the deputies of the Platte County sheriff who are temporarily detaining these two wanted felons until we can bring them back to Lee County face justice," Scott said.

Those who found the bodies in the home on Jefferson Ave. said they "never wanted to see anyone like that." Shane Maree, who was reported as the person who discovered the victims said what they found inside now haunts them.

Friends said they had not seen Shelley Tompkins and her son, Daniel, for more than a day and went to find them and that is when they found the mother and son shot to death.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said killing is the ultimate crime."

"Killing your mother and brother is sinister," he said.

It all came to an end on Thursday when a Wyoming state trooper saw the truck stopped on the interstate. The trooper was told by the pair that they had run out of gas.

When the trooper radioed in the stop, he was told the suspects were wanted in Florida and the Wyoming deputy arrested the two without incident.

In the national alert, Tompkins was reported as dangerous and armed.

 
 

 

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