Daughter of Ripley County murder victim speaks out - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Daughter of Ripley County murder victim speaks out

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • McConnell offers immigration amendment

    McConnell offers immigration amendment

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:05:08 GMT
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior.
  • Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

    Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:59:21 GMT
    A Missouri proposal to create one of the nation's most expansive early voting periods appears to have fallen short of the number of initiative petition signatures needed to make the November ballot.
    A Missouri proposal to create one of the nation's most expansive early voting periods appears to have fallen short of the number of initiative petition signatures needed to make the November ballot.
  • AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards

    AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:54:39 GMT
    The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
    The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

By Crystal Britt

DONIPHAN, MO (KFVS) - It's a story that continues to take wild twists and turns...the homicide cases out of Ripley County.

First, there were the deaths of 81 year old Ed Atkinson and 69 year old Bonnie Chase earlier this month.

Both were found dead in a burned out home. Four people are now charged in connections with their deaths.

David Youngblood, Melissa Youngblood, Chantale Younblood, and Keith Boyles all face murder and arson charges.

Those same four are now prime suspects in the deaths of another elderly couple, Loyd and Irene Piatt, whose bodies were exhumed this week after investigators believed they were murdered.

The coroner says they didn't die of smoke inhalation when their home caught fire and burned to the ground.

Preliminary autopsy results showed they were shot to death.

The suspects are related to the Piatt's. 

They haven't been charged yet with the Piatt's case, but Irene Piatt's family is crushed with the mere accusation.

"I was raised by a Godly mother, and I am so thankful," said Linda Mabary-Irene Piatt's Daughter.

Mabary is Irene Piatt's only living child.

She says she's beyond devastated.

"I didn't have any idea at all that there could have been foul play," said Mabary.

The Piatt's were buried last month, their deaths believed to have been caused by smoke inhalation.

A neighbor says mysteriously the Piatt's home outside Doniphan caught fire a week later leaving virtually nothing left.

No trespassing signs were placed around the property, neighbors say by David Youngblood-Irene Piatt's nephew.

According to Linda Mabary David,  her cousin, reached out to her around the time of the Piatt's funerals.

She says he let her stay at his home, cooked for her, and comforted her. 

"When I needed someone to cry to he came to the motel room so I could. I'm totally in shock about all this," said Mabary.

Although not officially charged, David, his wife Melissa, their daughter Chantale, and her boyfriend Keith Boyles are considered suspects in the Piatt's deaths.

"It's completely totally out of the world. I can't fathom it, " said Mabary,

Now while she continues to grieve her mother and stepfather's death she's now rocked with accusations that nearly leaves her speechless.

Linda says only God can get her through this nightmare.

"I can't understand why he'd want to hurt mother. I really can't understand," said Mabary.

 Again the Youngbloods and Boyles have not been charged in connection with the Piatt's deaths.

We understand though charges in that case are expected this coming week.

Copyright KFVS 2010. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.