Both Warner and Hartley had been named as co-defendants and witnesses for the prosecution in Balbirnie’s murder arrest warrant. Hartley Sept. 21 was charged with sodomy, child endangerment, tampering with evidence and running a house that was a public nuisance. Warner, who had been picked up as a person of interest early in the investigation and released, has now been charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit statutory sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child.
Balbirnie, 48, has now been charged in Polk County with 2nd degree murder, lst degree assault, and forcible rape of 31-year-old Theresa Mohler in 2008. Mohler lived in the Springfield area. The warrant charges that Mohler was at Balbirnie’ s home in Polk County where she was bound, held against her will, forcibly injected with narcotics and raped for several days by Balbirnie. She escaped on foot, and got transportation to Springfield, where she was taken to a hospital where it was determined that she developed a serious infection from the forced injections apparently given her by Balbirnie. That infection led to her death.
Balbirnie is also charged with possession of meth and tampering with evidence in Dallas County.
Balbirnie is being held at Bowling Green by the Missouri Department of Corrections on a parole revocation. Warner is being held at the Dallas County Jail on $500,000 bond, and Hartley is at the Benton County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Charges were filed by the Missouri Attorney General’s office released by the Missouri Highway Patrol. This has been an ongoing investigation since Park’s body was discovered in Truman Lake in Benton County on Sept. 30, 2012. Balbirnie was originally charged with corpse abandonment and scheduled to go to trial last month when the trial was cancelled and the Attorney General’s office announced that he had been charged with 2nd degree murder, statutory rape, child molestation and tampering with physical evidence. A Grand Jury was convened and issued indictments in the Dallas County and Polk County cases, according to a police spokesman.
Several law enforcement agencies have been involved in this investigation, and the Highway Patrol is asking that anyone with information regarding these cases contact the Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Troop D Unit investigators at (417) 895-6868. Callers can remain anonymous.
To view the Warner indictment document, click HERE.
— C.L., H.E. and J.P.