Major case squad activated to investigating robbery, homicide

The Southeast Missouri Major Case Squad has been activated to investigate the murder of a convenience store worker that took place during a robbery Monday in Parma, Missouri, the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office says.

On Monday at 5:38 a.m. the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a robbery at the D&L One Stop convenience store at 108 Main Street in Parma. During the 911 call, authorities learned an employee of the convenience store was shot. 

When police arrived, they discovered that 59-year-old Brenda Smith, of Parma, was opening the store when the robbery happened. The sheriff’s office says the robber shot Smith and left the store with stolen goods.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens immediately requested the activation of the SEMO Major Case Squad, and numerous agencies from the surrounding area responded to assist. 

Smith was taken to Southeast Hospital of Stoddard County, where she was pronounced dead just after 7 a.m. Police have been investigating since early Monday morning and are looking for information.

If you have information about the incident, you can contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office at 573-748-2516. The sheriff’s office says anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender can be eligible for a $25,000 reward.

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