Vehicle image released in homicide investigation, suspect considered armed and dangerous


JOPLIN, Mo – Joplin Police release security camera images of a suspect vehicle in a December homicide case. They’re asking for the public’s help to identify the driver, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police are looking for a black 2005 or 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5L SE. They say the vehicle got to Westside Mini Storage (1717 S. Roosevelt) just before the crime and left immediately after.

On December 18th, 2019, around 12:15 p.m., police dispatch got a call about unknown trouble at the storage facility. Police got there and found a man who had been shot.

EMS took the man, identified as Jonathan E. Powell, 36, of Joplin, to Mercy Hospital where he later died. An autopsy revealed Powell died of more than one gunshot wound.

The suspect vehicle police are searching for has five-spoke aluminum wheels, rear factory spoiler, chrome trip around the doors and windows, and tinted side and rear windows.

The vehicle was last seen north on Roosevelt, then westbound on Junge from Schifferdecker.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the driver of the vehicle. “This individual should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached,” police stated in a release.

If you have information about this vehicle or crime you are asked to contact Sgt. Stahl with the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131 x885 or


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Example car photos in homicide case