Petterson | The Coffey County Republican
BURLINGTON — A man wanted for questioning in an Iowa
missing person case died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
early Monday evening as a manhunt began to close in on him
in the southern part of Coffey County.
Coffey County Sheriff Randy Rogers said 54-year-old James
Snovelle, of Rolfe, Iowa, was raised on a farm in the Gridley
area, and died one-half mile west and three-fourths mile south
of the U.S. 75/K-58 Junction, near Gridley.
At the request of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Iowa
Bureau of Investigation, the Coffey County Sheriff’s
Office began to search for Snovelle, who was considered to
be a witness in the disappearance of a 50-year old woman,
Dawn Allen, from Carroll, Iowa. According to Carroll police,
Allen was last seen at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.
“We knew from investigative techniques that he was in
the area,” Rogers said. “We went out searching
for him and we located him approximately 3:30 p.m.”
Snovelle attempted to elude officers in a red 2000 Mercury
Sable, but it became stuck. He fled on foot, and Kansas Highway
Patrol K-9 units were used to track him.
“As we closed in on him in an attempt to make contact
and get him to surrender, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot
wound,” Rogers said.
The manhunt ended approximately 6:30 p.m.
The search for Snovelle covered an area near the U.S. Highway
75 and state Highway 58 junction. Road blocks were set up
to restrict traffic from the area.
Many law enforcement officers participated in the manhunt,
including special response teams from Coffey County, Osage
County and the KBI.
“He was believed to be armed and we weren’t taking
any chances,” Rogers said.
The Burlington Police Department also assisted with the search
as did approximately 10 KHP units, a KHP helicopter and airplane
and KBI agents.
The vehicle Snovelle was driving was confiscated and is being
processed for further possible evidence. The missing person
case remains under investigation.