Two more charged in murder of teen found dumped in lake
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — After charging 47-year-old Anthony Balbirnie with the September 2012 murder of Khighla Parks, 15, prosecutors have also charged two others in connection with her murder. Parks’ body was found in Truman Lake in Warsaw, Mo. located in Benton County, on Sept. 30, 10 days after she was reported missing from her Willard, Mo., home.
Amy L. Hartley, 48, has been charged with second-degree murder, statutory sodomy, tampering with physical evidence and maintaining a public nuisance in Benton County, Mo.
In Dallas County, Larry L. Warner has been charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit statutory sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police believe Parks was taken from Green County and killed in Dallas County. Following her death, police suspect Balbirnie attempted to dispose of her body in Truman Lake near One Mile Bridge in Warsaw. A couple fishing on Sept. 30 discovered her body and called police.
Police suspect Balbirnie is also responsible for the 2008 death of Theresa Mohler.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Balbirnie held Mohler against her will for five days inside his Polk County, Mo., home beginning on August 10, 2008. During that time, police said Balbirnie forcibly injected Mohler with narcotics and sexually assault her.
On Aug. 15, Mohler escaped the residence and received a ride to Springfield, Mo., where she was treated at an area hospital. While at the hospital it was determined Mohler obtained a serious infection from the injection Balbirnie gave her, which eventually led to her death.
Balbirnie is being held at the Missouri Department of Corrections in Bowling Green, Mo. Warner is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Dallas County jail and Hartley is being held on a $75,000 bond at the Benton County jail.
Investigators believe there may be individuals with further information in reference to these crimes. Any information the public might have regarding these investigations can be forwarded to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters at (417) 895-6868. All calls remain anonymous.