Hallsville man leaves dead girlfriend’s body in Columbia hotel room

A Hallsville man is in police custody after knowingly leaving a body in a hotel room in

A Hallsville man is in police custody after knowingly leaving a body in a hotel room in Columbia, according to court documents.

Kenneth C. Jones, 32, was arrested Thursday on charges on abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. He is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He also was arrested on Jefferson City and Cole County failure to appear warrants for stealing.

His initial arraignment was held Friday. 

Columbia Police Department officers reported at about 3 p.m. Monday to the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel at 3100 Wingate Court. 

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A woman was found deceased in a third-floor room that had various drug paraphernalia throughout, according to a probable cause statement. Field testing revealed the presence of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

There were ice cubes under the woman’s body and in her pants. The air conditioner for the room was set to 67 degrees F. Columbia officer Kyle Joseph noted in the probable cause that he was aware this is a method used to cool down the core body temperature of a person experiencing a drug overdose. 

Joseph contacted the deceased woman’s parents who identified Jones as someone she knew.