KC Area Murder Suspect Captured, Female Remains at Large (UPDATE)

From the Rep. Co. Sheriff’s Office – 9/8/2017 @ 11:10 a.m.

The male subject, Zachary Barnes, was found south of Cuba by the Republic County Sheriff’s Department. He was taken into custody without incident. The female, Shannon Dace, has not been located.


The latest on the situation direct from the Republic County Sheriff’s Office as of 10:45 a.m. Friday, September 8.

“Agencies believe that Zachary Barnes and a female subject are still in the area. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Zachary Barnes or Shannon Dace, please call 911.

Zachary Barnes: white male; 5’7”, 160 lbs. brown hair, green eyes, has tattoos covering most of his body, including the face area; possibly shaved head or very short hair.

Shannon Dace: white female, reddish-brown hair, thin build.

On September 7, 2017, the Republic County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding three (3) individuals possibly wanted in connection with a homicide in Kansas City, Kansas that occurred on August 30, 2017. This information was confirmed with the Kansas City Police Department and the US Marshall’s office.

Sheriff officers went to Scandia, Kansas, to conduct surveillance on a residence where the 3 subjects were reportedly staying. Before officers arrived, Barnes and a female subject (Shannon Dace) left the area. Pike Valley schools and the City of Scandia were put into lock-down procedures as a precautionary measure. Officers did make contact with a 3rd subject, Coty Allison. He was detailed for the US Marshall Service. Allison was later charged with a felony Warrant out of Wyandotte county and is being held on those charges.

It was later learned that Barnes and the female subject were taken to a residence in the area of 18th and G. Streets in Belleville. Officers responded to the area and locked down the surrounding neighborhood. Republic County schools and other places of business were placed on lockdown for their safety.

The wanted subjects were not found in the residence or the Belleville area. Law enforcement then received information that the subjects had been taken to Concordia, Kansas. Later, it was reported that they were in Republic County in the areas of Cuba and Agenda, Kansas. US Marshalls and officers searched the area and the subjects were not located at that time.

Both subjects are severe diabetics. It is believed that they are looking for a vehicle to leave the area or someone to give them a ride.

Again, agencies believe that Barnes and the female subject are still in the area and anyone with information is asked to call 911.”


According to a media release from the Republic County Sheriff’s Office today (Friday), a warrant for the arrest of Zachary Barnes out of Wyandotte County was issued to Republic County on Thursday.

He is wanted for questioning regarding a murder in the Kansas City area on August 30. A suspect named Cody Allison was arrested yesterday on a felony warrant it is unclear whether this was the person taken into custody in Scandia or Concordia.

Barnes and a female companion, Shannon Dase(sp?), are believed to still be in the area. They were believed to have been seen in the Cuba and/or Agenda area on Thursday night, but law enforcement was unable to locate them. It was also noted that both are severe diabetics.


Law enforcement authorities continue to search for a suspect wanted in connection with a Kansas City area murder.

On Thursday, the Republic County Sheriff’s Department received an arrest warrant for 24 year-old Zachary Barnes who is wanted in connection with a murder committed in the Kansas City area, according to a media release from Sheriff Ron Blad. Deputies went to a residence in Scandia to execute the warrant. The subject fled before they could make an arrest, but another occupant of the house was taken into custody.

Zachary Barnes is described as a white male, 5-foot 7-inches tall, 160- pounds, brown hair, but his head is shaved, and green eyes.

The subject was later spotted in Belleville sometime around 11 a.m. and local officers, a KHP tactical team and a KHP surveillance aircraft responded to the area of 18th and G Streets where the subject was believed to be in a house. Schools in Republic County were ordered to lock down as a precautionary measure.

Later in the afternoon it was believed that a suspect was in downtown Concordia, another special response tactical team (SRT) was dispatched, and the 200 block of sixth street was cordoned off.

Concordia Schools and Cloud County Community College were locked down and people were asked to remain in their homes. Concordia students were finally released from schools sometime after 5p.m. yesterday.

At 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, the Concordia PD said a subject was arrested in downtown Concordia, but it was not Barnes. The Concordia PD said they did not believe Barnes to be in the city at that time. It is unclear if the arrest in Concordia was related to the Barnes case.

Requests for information from the Kansas City Police Department were initially met with a denial that there was a KC area murder suspect being sought in NCK, however the KCPD later told Fox 4 News in Kansas City that they were in fact in communication with NCK officials regarding the search for the suspect wanted in connection with a recent murder in the Kansas City area.

Local residents in the areas of Cuba and Agenda, in eastern Republic County, reported a heavy police presence in or around those communities last night. It is unclear whether that presence was connected to the ongoing search for Barnes.

Thank you to KR-92 radio in Belleville, KNCK Radio in Concordia, the Concordia Blade-Empire and Fox 4 in Kansas City for contributing to this report.

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