Larry Steen

Larry Steen, 59, of Davis County, is in custody at the Davis County Jail, Bloomfield, after Adair County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office learned Steen was wanted for questioning about a possible homicide in Davis County.

Davis County Sheriff’s Office personnel took custody of Steen from the Adair County, Mo., Detention Center early Friday afternoon and returned him to Iowa.

Steen has been charged with first-degree murder, a class A felony, and first-degree burglary, a class B felony. He waived extradition and is currently being housed in the Davis County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

At 2:37 a.m. Friday, Davis County deputies found Randy Lynn Saner of rural Bloomfield “with a fatal injury” at 16584 276th St., Bloomfield, and an autopsy will be done today at the Iowa State Medical Examiners Office in Ankeny according to Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis.

The sheriff also ordered an “attempt to locate for a stop and hold” of Steen and his truck. Davis County authorities believed he was en route to Adair County, where some family members were allegedly residing.

By 4:20 a.m. Friday, Adair County, Mo., deputies knew about Steen and began searching. An hour or so later, a deputy, a Kirksville (Mo.) Police officer and an Missouri State Highway Patrolman found a vehicle parked in the Fort Madison Cemetery on Fort Madison Way in Adair County.

The pickup truck had Iowa license plates and was identified as the one Steen was driving.

Officers saw someone in the vehicle and waited for more police units to arrive. The person appeared to be asleep or “passed out” and was eventually awakened through the use of patrol vehicle public-address systems.

The man exited the vehicle as directed and was taken into custody without incident, officers said. They identified Steen from the photo identification in his possession and have processed his vehicle for any evidence Iowa authorities can use.

Officers detained Steen and held him for questioning by the Davis County deputies. He appeared before Judge Russell Steele at noon Friday and waived extradition, which allows authorities to return him to Iowa.

Investigating the case are the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Bloomfield Police Department and Iowa State Highway Patrol.

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