The 911 call came in around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bob and Ellen Sheldon were dead. The Sheldons’ son had grown worried on Sunday when Robert “Bob” Sheldon and his wife Ellen didn’t show up for church. He went to check on his parents at their residence on Black Powder Lane.
Robert Charles Sheldon and Ellen Louise Ogden were 19 and 20 respectively when they married in 1957. The Sheldons and the Old Cabin Shop had been integral parts of the local community ever since. Before the police officially named the couple as the victims of a double homicide, a local who knew the Sheldons wrote about the crime online.
“Scarecrow” posted his message in the general chat forum at MCarterBrown.com. He stated that his “friend and mentor” had been murdered:
A good friend Robert Sheldon and his Wife Ellen were murdered in their home this morning. ‘Bob’ and Ellen Sheldon run the local gun and archery store called ‘The Old Cabin Shop.’ He has been in business over fifty years. When he first opened, my grandfather Bill King was the gunsmith Mr. Sheldon turned to anytime he had a problem he couldn’t fix himself. As Bill King’s grandson I was afforded special courtesy in his shop. Something that few others could say. Bob encouraged me to pursue gunsmithing and metalworking and sent more than a few customers my way.
I can only say that at this time I am seething with anger. I cannot imagine what sort of low life would do this. I am loosing what little regard I have for the human race. I’m sorry to say that here, because there are a lot of good people on this board and in the paintball community. But there are also a lot of people out there in this world who are a waste of resources…
It was a grim irony — Bob and Ellen Sheldon had worked with weapons all their lives, but clearly, someone caught them unawares.
Police have yet to officially disclose the couple’s names. A press conference will be held in Joplin at 9 a.m. this morning.
The investigation is ongoing, and involves police from Carthage and Webb City as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I have a feeling “Scarecrow” wasn’t exaggerating; the deaths of elderly pillars of the community like Bob and Ellen Sheldon is perhaps a bit of a personal cause for local law enforcement now. Hopefully it will just be a matter of time before an arrest is made.
[The Joplin Globe]