By Lisa Schlichtman
The bodies of two men and one woman were discovered Friday night near the Southwest High School baseball fields. The three deaths are now being investigated by the Barry County Sheriff's Department and troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.
The deceased have been identified as Carl D. Miller, 42, of Washburn, Rhonda R. Miller, 39, of Washburn, and Donald F. Horton, Jr., 45, of Bentonville, Ark.
According to a report issued by the Highway Patrol, a trooper travelling through the town of Washburn stopped at the Southwest ballfields to check on three parked vehicles at approximately 10:00 p.m. on July 18. Upon inspection of the area, the trooper discovered three bodies near the sporting complex.
Initial newspaper reports indicate that Rhonda Miller and Horton suffered multiple gunshot wounds and Carl Miller died from a single gunshot. The Millers had divorced in 2007, and law enforcement officials said Rhonda Miller and Horton were involved in a dating relationship.
Autopsies on the three bodies are scheduled for Monday, and the investigation into the deaths is continuing.