The vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident two weeks ago has been recovered, and Neosho police say charges will be filed Monday.

The vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident two weeks ago has been recovered, and Neosho police say charges will be filed Monday.
Lt. Jason Baird conducted an interview with a Neosho resident at a local attorney’s office Friday in regards to the early Sept. 12 leaving-the-scene accident that killed 19-year-old Matthew Brooks Stevens of Neosho. The suspect turned himself into his attorney Thursday. Baird said he talked to the suspect Friday.
Police then seized a silver 2001 Ford Escape with extensive front-end damage that is believed to be involved in the fatal wreck. Formal charges will be filed with the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office, Baird said, adding police then will obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect.
No more information will be provided until Monday, he said, because of an arrangement made with the suspect’s attorney and the prosecuting attorney. Chief David Kennedy notified the family of Stevens on Friday of the progress made in the case.
Police were dispatched to the area of Missouri Highway 59 and Malcolm Mosby Drive at 1:13 a.m. Sept. 12 in reference to a male lying in the middle of the highway. Responding officers found Stevens, who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.
Paramedics arrived on scene and confirmed Stevens was dead.
An autopsy performed on Stevens on Sept. 14 in Springfield indicated he obtained injuries resulting from being hit by a vehicle from behind.
In other police news, officers responded at 8:40 a.m. Thursday to the 2600 block of Oak Ridge Extension, where the construction crew building the Oak Point of Neosho assisted-living center reported the theft of 800 feet of copper wiring, Kennedy said. The wire later was found off site as if someone had stashed it to return for it later.
Officers were called at 6:14 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Young Street. The resident reported the theft of a black bicycle with red and white lettering valued at $98 that was stolen sometime between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, Kennedy said.