Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team arrive to Joplin’s Grand Falls on Wednesday morning. Inset courtesy Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team.

Body recovered by Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team at Grand Falls identified as Carterville, Mo. resident

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri State Dive Team recover the body of a Carterville, Missouri man after he drowned in Shoal Creek at Grand Falls.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol state Standley Luke, 35, tried to go over Grand Falls with a “pool toy.”


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Some members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team. Courtesy MSHP.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.