Two juveniles suspected of killing an elderly couple Thursday had run away from a local at-risk boys ranch earlier this week, officials have confirmed.
“The boys had run away, and we had reported that to the proper authorities,” said Richard Bottorf, chairman of Lives Under Construction Ranch. The two are suspected of killing Paul and Margaret Brooks in a Table Rock Lake home Thursday night. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said police had no indication from the report that the boys were dangerous.
Stone County deputies received a call from a resident of Trace Hollow Road at 5:43 p.m. Thursday. The man reported that he was holding two young men at gunpoint after confronting them for suspicious behavior.
The man continued to hold the juveniles, ages 15 and 16, at gunpoint for 14 minutes until the first sheriff’s deputy arrived at 1722 Trace Hollow Road.