Investigation Leads to Murder Charges in Lee County Iowa
Lee County, IOWA — Tyler C. Hobbs, age 25, of St.
Francisville, Missouri, has been charged with First Degree Murder, a class “A”
felony, in connection with the death of Shawn R. Wright. Hobbs is in the custody of the Missouri
Department of Corrections where he is being held on a parole violation and is
awaiting extradition back to Iowa.
On November 9, 2010, a body was discovered in an area
known as Gregory Landing near the Mississippi river in rural Clark County,
Missouri. The deceased was later
identified through autopsy as Shawn R. Wright, age 40, from Kahoka, Missouri. The autopsy, conducted by the Missouri
Medical Examiner, also revealed that Wright had died from blunt force trauma
and his death was ruled a homicide.
Since the discovery of Wright’s death, the Missouri Highway
Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, Clark County Missouri Sheriff’s Office,
Northeast Missouri Major Case Squad, and the Iowa Division of Criminal
Investigation have been conducting a probe into the circumstances surrounding Wright’s
death. In mid-December, the
investigation revealed Shawn Wright had been murdered in rural Lee County, Iowa
during the early morning hours of November 6, 2010, before the body was moved
to Missouri. At that time, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office joined the
The investigative findings have been reviewed by the Lee
County Attorney’s Office. On April 4,
2011, an arrest warrant charging Tyler Hobbs with First Degree Murder was obtained
through the Lee County District Court.
The Keokuk Police
Department, Hamilton Illinois Police Department, and Hancock County Illinois
Sheriff’s Office also aided in the investigation.