A Mammoth Spring man is dead and an Alton man is in a Springfield hospital following what police suspect was a hit-and-run accident followed by a suicide attempt in southeastern Oregon County, Mo., during the early morning hours Feb. 26.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said he and a deputy and officers D.D. Finley and J.D. Wheeler with Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol answered a call at 1:44 a.m. Sunday saying a man was lying in the road on Route V near Myrtle.
Ward said when they arrived they found Thomas R. Corp, 30, lying in the road between the Myrtle Package Store and the Myrtle Convenience Store.
Ward said when Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary arrived he pronounced Corp dead at the scene. Corp's body was transported to Clary Funeral Home in Mammoth Spring.
Corp was struck in the roadway and the driver and the vehicle had left the scene, according to police. Troop G gave Tulsa, Okla., as Corp's place of residence, but Ward said he lived south of Mammoth Spring near the Wirth Road cutoff.
The next morning Ward went to Robert Yell's home near Myrtle after learning the truck that struck Corp might be there. Ward said he and Yell, who is not a suspect, were in the front yard of the home talking when they heard a gunshot coming from the backyard of the residence.
Ward said when they went around the house they found Justin Barton with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The sheriff said Barton, 31, of Alton had used a .22-caliber magnum to shoot himself under the chin.
Ward said Barton was flown by helicopter to St John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo. As of press time Feb. 27 he was in the intensive care unit.
Corp was a longtime resident of the area and had grown up in the Ash Flat-Highland community. He was a graduate of Highland High School.