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UPDATE: Charges Filed in Camdenton Homicide Investigation


UPDATE: Charges Filed in Camdenton Homicide Investigation


Camdenton, MO - 03-03-23 - The continued investigation into the homicide of Thomas E Gifford of Camdenton has resulted in an arrest and charges.


Detectives from the Camden County Sheriff's Office coordinated with several other agencies in the state to locate and arrest 39-year-old Chrisma D Ellis, known to frequent Camdenton, Sunrise Beach, Lebanon, Lee's Summit, and Kansas City.  Detectives identified Ellis as a person of interest early in the investigation and traveled to Kansas City late last week to take her into custody. 


Ellis was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on February 23rd on related auto theft charges while the investigation into the homicide continued. 


Ellis is charged with the Class A Felony of Murder in the 1st Degree, Felony Armed Criminal Action, and the Class D Felony of Tampering With a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree.  She is being held without bond.

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


UPDATE: Preliminary Autopsy Results in Suspicious Death South of Camdenton


Camdenton, MO - 02-24-23 - The investigation into the death of Thomas E Gifford, 62, of Camdenton continues.  Pathologists from Southwest Forensics in Ozark, MO conducted an autopsy on Gifford's body earlier this week.  The preliminary findings from that autopsy indicate the manner of death in this case is homicide.  The investigation into the cause of death remains ongoing.  Detectives from the Camden County Sheriff's Office are coordinating with multiple law enforcement agencies in Missouri to investigate and bring this case to a close.


Additional information will be released when appropriate.


CCSO Investigates Suspicious Death South of Camdenton 


Camdenton, MO - 02-17-23 - Thursday afternoon, 02-16-23, at approximately 3:30 pm, Camden County Communications received a call of a male subject unresponsive in his home South of Camdenton. Deputies from the Camden County Sheriff's Office responded along with Emergency Medical Technicians from Mercy Ambulance Service and personnel from Mid County Fire Protection District.  Upon arrival, on scene personnel located a deceased male laying on the floor of the residence.  On scene personnel then secured the area and notified on duty Camden County detectives. 

Detectives spoke with the reporting party, a friend of the deceased who had not heard from him in several days.  Detectives then applied for and were granted a search warrant from the Associate Court of Camden County. 

During the service of the search warrant, detectives discovered evidence of a suspicious death and are currently investigating it as a homicide.  The next of kin has been notified and the deceased male is identified as 62-year-old Thomas E Gifford.

Additional information will be released when appropriate.