The Clay County prosecuting attorney is urging anyone on the Missouri River to report any barrels they come across to the authorities. This comes after the discovery of a barrel containing the remains of Jaynie Crosdale, who was a potential witness in a kidnapping case. The prosecutor, Zachary Thompson, took to the water to familiarize himself with the area and search for more potential evidence. Thompson emphasized the need for extra attention to any barrels found along the river. The investigation is ongoing, and prosecutors are using the river visit to gather more information. Jacob Kittilstad reported
The Clay County prosecuting attorney is urging anyone who sees a barrel on the Missouri River to notify authorities. This comes after kayakers found a barrel earlier this summer containing the remains of Jaynie Crosdale, who was being sought as a potential witness in Timothy Haslett Jr.’s case. In an effort to familiarize himself with the area and search for more potential evidence, the prosecutor, Zachary Thompson, went out on the water. Although he didn’t specify what evidence he was looking for, he emphasized that any barrel along the river should be given extra attention. The location where the barrel was found, known as Hills Island Chute or Grand Pass Bottoms, is an isolated bend in the river surrounded by levees and cornfields. Thompson believes the discovery of Crosdale’s remains was a significant development in the case, as prosecutors argue she was inside Haslett’s home before his arrest. While there is no direct connection between Crosdale’s remains and Haslett’s case yet, the river visit is intended to gather more information and understand the challenges of recovering evidence in that area. Local residents find the situation disturbing, as it disrupts the usual calmness of the river. Haslett is currently facing charges of rape, kidnapping, and sexual assault in relation to another woman who escaped from his home. He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney claims that his relationship with Crosdale was consensual..