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Major case squad still activated, seeking suspect in Saturday shooting death

Monday, June 28, 2010

Street signs mark the intersection of Park Drive and North Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Police are investigating a homicide that took place in the area early Saturday morning.
(Kristin Eberts)
The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad remained activated Sunday in response to the shooting death of a 44-year-old man whose body was found early Saturday.

The victim, Matthew Ervin of Cape Girardeau, was found dead by police officers at Park Drive and North Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau after they received a report of shots fired in the area.

"We believe the homicide was a drug-related incident," Sgt. Jason Selzer, a spokesman with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said Sunday.

Matthew Ervin
By Sunday evening there were still no suspects in custody.

The major case squad is searching for information from people who may have seen or talked to Ervin in the last 24 hours before he was shot.

Anyone with information on where Ervin was or what he was doing is urged to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 335-6621 or CrimeStoppers at 339-6312.

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Hey, let's have some fun Friday night. Let's go out and shoot someone! When will it ever end?

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 8:56 PM

Is that remark supposed to be funny? Pretty sick.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 9:20 PM

anyone have a link to a picture of Matthew "Woody" Ervin?

-- Posted by undertow666 on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 10:20 PM


check the obituaries.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 10:43 AM

R. I. P. Woody

No one deserves to be murdered! My Prayers to the Family and Friends. The clock is ticking for the local LEO'S and I hope some concrete evidence or information comes quickly so that the perp or perps are caught and held responsible for this heinous crime. I hope Sgt. Selzer has reliable info that this was indeed "drug related" and NOT assuming this because Woody had some issues with drugs. There are many things that draw a person to kill and drug money is only one of many. Frankly if I were the Sgt. I would not have made that statement to the press at this time.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 2:17 PM

Grey. I'm pretty sure Selzer wouldn't release than information unless the MCS has information to back it up. The MCS has a great track record when it comes to investigation homicides in Cape County.

-- Posted by martlet1 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 4:32 PM

R.I.P Woody

I worked with Woody a few times. Gonna miss the man. He was a good electrician that im glad to have called a friend.

-- Posted by Mdemarco on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 4:57 PM


You may have a point. However, The clock continues to tick and no news yet as far as we know. Yes the MCS has received great tips in the past that have lead to a conclusion and arrest.

In that respect they have done very well. It seems that in this case NO good leads are coming in yet, nor is anyone talking. I hope that changes


-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 5:25 PM

They put out the info about "drugs" in hopes to scare someone out...... It will be a surprise if they don't have a suspect within a week. Talk on the street contains more than what the cops are saying........

-- Posted by curiousgeorge1 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 7:02 PM


I agree. Lets hope today brings some news about who did this.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 7:00 AM

Woody was a kind person with a gentle soul. He was also a friend. Unfortunately, Woody was, and is, an example of a broken criminal justice system. The war on drugs has failed.

Narrow minds of Cape simply see a history of drug problems, and they chalk him off as just another drug user.

If we, as a society keep sinking money into concrete and cages, instead of rehabilitation and retribution, this will continue to happen.

Pay attention! Men, who have committed drug crimes, and those who have committed far worse crimes, will be standing next to you, your child, or your elderly mom in the grocery line some day. Most do get out of prison.

Many of our prisons offer little or no true treatment strategies or programs for drug abusers. Every member of our community should think about this.....and care about this.

With little help - we send these men and women, who have been in the most barbaric of places, who live in cages, where the air reeks of urine and feces, and the noise is stifling.....we send these brutalized men back to our streets and expect them to make it.

I am deeply saddened by Woody's death. Maybe someday people will wake up!

Woody was full of life, intelligent, and kind. He did not deserve to die like this.

Woody was truly one of the good guys.

-- Posted by normallydesmond on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 10:14 AM

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