Police identify body found after standoff in Newton County
NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities identify a body found in Newton County as that of Michael James Hall, a missing Carthage man.
On July 24, 2020, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office had taken a missing person report on Hall. Four days later, they found his remains at 3517 Cherry Road in Joplin. The remains were identified through dental records. Sheriff Chris Jennings says they are not releasing the cause of death at this time, but his death is being investigated as a homicide.
Authorities found Hall’s remains after a standoff at that property on July 28. Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the address on Cherry Road to serve a search warrant.
They had information that a person had possibly been killed and the body left in the woods in the Greenwood area, in the north end of Newton County. The Joplin Police Department was called to help search the property because of the size of the acreage involved.
When deputies got to the home, they knocked on the door and announced their presence, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. A person inside the house then started shooting at the deputies. No officers were injured.
According to Sheriff Chris Jennings, Freddie L. Tilton, 47, was the suspect inside. Deputies called Joplin and Newton County Swat to assist. They deployed several rounds of tear gas and arrested Tilton.
Authorities had been looking for Tilton for first degree domestic assault. According to court documents, on July 19, 2020, Tilton lured a victim to a location in Neosho under false pretense. He allegedly staged a room with several items mean to restrain the victim and then physically assaulted the victim by beating her repeatedly with a pistol. The victim was hospitalized. Read more.