Sheriff releases name of woman whose body was found at Arrow Rock camp site

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saline County Sheriff Wally George released the name early Thursday, May 28, of a woman whose body was found Wednesday, May 27, at an Arrow Rock camp site.

George said Leslie A. Roettgen, 45, of Marshall, had been dead for "a number of hours" prior to his office being notified, and that was one factor in his decision to call in Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control detectives to assist in the investigation.

Saline County Coroner William Harlow was called to the scene Wednesday and confirmed that some time had elapses since Roettgen died, but the cause of death has yet to be determined, according to George.

An autopsy is scheduled to be done Thursday. Next of kin have been notified, George said.

Deputies arrived on the scene about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday after a "campground host" reported that a woman was dead in a tent.

Two white males were sitting at a picnic table in the area of the tent, George said, and added that "the area looked like it had been 'cleaned up' prior to our arrival."

The two men were questioned by law enforcement officials, but are not currently in custody, he said.

George said he asked DDCC for help because that unit has equipment and expertise in crime scene investigation that will "assure a good and complete investigation."

"We still have a lot of questions we want answered, and our investigation will continue until we have all of the answers," George said. "It may take a few days to sort this out."

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  • My parayers and thoughts go out to leslie family she was a good person .

    -- Posted by purpleroses on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 9:28 AM
  • No one can question Wally's judgement on this.He is one of the finest sheriff's in this country. Saline county is lucky to have him. Keep up the good work Wally!!!!!

    -- Posted by 17mizzou17 on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 10:50 AM
  • It sounds to me as though Sheriff George followed the proper protocol in this matter. He was smart enough to ask for assistance from a law enforcement division more capable in dealing with cases like this one. Asking for help is not a weakness. He's not passing the buck--he's trying to get this mystery solved. I'm not really sure what it is about this particular case that is raising any question of Sheriff George's fitness to serve the office. In regards to past mistakes that may have been made, everybody makes mistakes...just check out the creative spelling, non-existant capitalization and interesting punctuation on some of these comments.

    -- Posted by imaloony on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 8:46 PM
  • i would just like to say that if the death of someone, no matter the cause or fault, is not and should not be a time to question or incite a political battle on who should be sherrif and whether or not he does his job. call the highway patrol, the fbi, the cia, just solve this case and dont let another family suffer a loss like this again.

    -- Posted by thisguy on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 9:37 PM
  • 1st of all my heart and prayers go out to the family.

    lets get real people ,everytime something happens in Saline county you blame the sheriff,or his incompitence to handle the situation.If you dont want Wally going outside to get help investigating ,then how about giving him the money to hire CSI deputies to handle such

    situations.Get real people this isnt TV it takes time to get answers to evidence.Leave Wally and

    his deputies alone ,and let them do their job.

    -- Posted by DocHolida2u on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 7:35 AM

    -- Posted by yank on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 8:24 AM
  • Anyone know who was with her?

    -- Posted by 17mizzou17 on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 10:39 AM
  • we must remember first and foremost that even though this woman's choices MAY have led to her demise-- the family may take comfort in a good investigation being conducted-- no wondering-- I am glad that our county had the sense to call in someone to make sure things were as they appeared-- and my prayers are with this woman's family-- may God be with them and help them thru their grief.

    -- Posted by workingmom on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 10:53 AM
  • rip leslie

    -- Posted by wheresthelove on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 12:32 PM
  • any updates on this story?? My prayers go out to her family..

    -- Posted by speedfingers on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:31 PM
  • Well for heavens sakes, A young woman is found deceased and all everyone can do is get on here and bad mouth Wally.. What in the world is wrong with everyone?? This article was about the young women being found deceased and how the authorities handled it. I'm not a member of law enforcement and I know I sure in heck don't know all of the ins and outs of doing the jobs they do, what difference does it make that Wally called the MHP? At lest he's making sure everything is being done to find out what exactly happened to her. It's a **** shame that you people get on here and act the way you do.. How would you feel if this was a member of your family and you got on here and red this crap? (And no I'm not a member of the family) my gosh people have some common courtesy. This is just right down ridiculous. All you judgmental people need to stay off of here if that is all you have to do is sit around and JUDGE people. But in turn if it was you being JUDGED you would be raising all kinds of kane. Just stop it and leave it alone.

    I'm sure the next thing it's going to be is what kind of person she was (which I'm surprised this hasn't already happened) and there is going to be all kinds of gossip of how she died. Well each and every one of has skeletons in our closets so before you start in on what kind of person she was, look in your own backyard and CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN

    -- Posted by buttercupp on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 2:54 PM
  • You go Buttercupp !!!!!!!!!! I couldn't have said it any better....

    -- Posted by sister109 on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 3:38 PM
  • Marshall, Marshall, Marshall by the time the end of this "investigation" will be over of course there will be a million stories on what happen to her. It is never a good thing to loose anyone under any circumstances, so my heart goes out to her family keep y'all head up and dont let the town of marshall get to you!

    -- Posted by materialgul on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 4:28 PM
  • The story said the autopsy was to be yesterday, any updates?

    -- Posted by landreth on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 7:54 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    No word yet, no.
  • As far as I can tell, the one comment that WAS criticizing Sheriff George has been REMOVED. All of these other comments are in DEFENSE of him, so I'm not quite sure why everyone is being chastised. Seems kind of judgemental to me.... ;)

    -- Posted by imaloony on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 9:21 PM
  • JUDGMENTAL ?? I was very upset to long on to read about this young lady and all some one can do is start in about how Wally done his work. The way I, (Me, Myself) see it is that was right down rude, very inconsiderate, The people that get on here and say this crap about how there are no investigators and blah blah blah, do they actually know what is taking place in the saline county sheriffs office?? Have they ever thought that maybe the STATE wont let them have better services?? This is a bunch of crap, that you people that start this stuff up and it keeps going on an on, and your probably sitting at your computer laughing, well I don't find anything funny about it. Maybe you should stir it up for yourselves and leave every one else alone. So what if he had the mhp help, evidently that is part of their job. Sounds like to me someone has a beef with Wally, and that is their problem, You don't have to get on here and say stuff about him NOT DOING HIS JOB, he must be doing something right, he's been the sheriff for 30 years.

    -- Posted by buttercupp on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 10:08 PM
  • R.I.P Leslie. May God be with your family and help keep them strong during this time.

    -- Posted by mystical_lady on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 11:20 PM
  • Honestly, now that the one offensive comment has been removed, none of the comments following it referring to Sheriff George make much sense anymore. Feel free to remove all of mine.

    -- Posted by imaloony on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 11:43 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    I see your point, but there were some comments critical of the sheriff on the first story about this incident and since the stories sort of go together, and people might read both, I'd like to let acceptable comments -- on any side of the issue -- stay.
  • Have you all at the Democrat ASKED for the results of the autopsy? Are you planning on updating this story or leaving it hanging?

    -- Posted by landreth on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 2:34 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    When there is more information available, we'll report it.
  • I spoke with Sheriff George at the courthouse this morning. He said he did not expect toxicology results back for at least 4 to 6 weeks and that he would advise us of the results when he receives them.

    -- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 7:06 PM
  • Thank you, knowing that toxicology reports are being waited on lets us know something.

    -- Posted by landreth on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 10:48 AM
  • Wally is a wonderful person.Leslie may of made bad choices,but whos fault is that?Put the blame where it needs to be.MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS HER SOUL

    -- Posted by flinstones on Sat, Jun 6, 2009, at 4:18 PM
  • No one will really know the whole truth- So the characters that seemed to be around her at the time "ARE VERY QUESTIONABLE"! ,But regardless of what happened or who is questionable; She still had a SOUL! lESLIE will be missed. May You (REST IN PEACE-Leslie Ann Roettgen!)

    -- Posted by FlameThrower on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 12:09 PM
  • Any new news on this Kathy?

    -- Posted by BigPoppi on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 2:46 AM
  • Hey I want everyone to know the kids of Leslie do get on here and read the comments. So be respectful.. Yes she made bad choices but she was still our mom.. We won't know anything for awhile..

    -- Posted by jobcore on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 4:48 PM
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