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Second person arrested in connection with murder of Scott City woman

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tiffany R. Warner
BENTON, Mo. -- A second arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Scott City resident Cynthia Canoy.

Tiffany Warner, 24, of Jackson and girlfriend of accused murderer Neil Howland, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Warner is being charged with felony tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Warner was arrested at the circuit court while appearing for another case in which she was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Warner posted a $15,000 bond and an arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 28.

Howland is charged with first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence and knowingly burning, all of which are felonies.

On Aug. 7, crews responding to a car fire off County Road 323 discovered a body in the car and called the sheriff's department. Sheriff Rick Walter activated the SEMO Major Case Squad for an investigation. Because of the condition of the body, authorities did not release the victim's identity until Aug. 14 because they awaited confirmation through DNA tests. An autopsy showed Canoy died before the fire.

Howland is charged with killing Canoy by strangling her with a dog leash. Howland transported her body and two of Canoy's dogs to a field near the county road and set the vehicle on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence, according to a probable-cause affidavit signed by Lt. Jerry Bledsoe of the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

Howland was arrested Aug. 9, two days after his mother's body was found, on charges of third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon stemming from a May 18 incident in which Canoy and her husband, Jerry Canoy, told police Howland had threatened them with a machete and firearms, and they feared for their lives.

Walter said Warner was identified early on in the investigation as a person of interest in the crime, according to a news release.



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Benton, MO

Scott City, MO

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I know this isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things, but since they were mentioned I'd like to know. What happened to the dogs? Did he kill them too? Did he take them out to the car and turn them loose? Don't put something like that in a story and then not elaborate. Just sayin'.

-- Posted by Maxine_the_Magnificent on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 5:08 PM

No, they were burned alive because they wouldn't leave Cynthia's side.

-- Posted by TEX97 on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 5:19 PM

Seems like some real quality people involved.

-- Posted by BeeVeeKay on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 5:31 PM

Two of the dogs were burned. The rest of her pets have been taken to good homes. Hopefully where they can recover from the traumatic experiences the have had living with that monster

-- Posted by TheAdvocate on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 6:11 PM

What about her husband? How is he doing?

-- Posted by Kac on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 6:46 PM

maybe he will not live long enough to go to trail.

hopefully someone will take him out, very slowly and painfully

-- Posted by bagman75 on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 11:17 PM

We want him to stand trial.

-- Posted by TEX97 on Thu, Aug 22, 2013, at 7:43 PM

Husband (Jerry) is my brother he is making it but it is very hard, he was assaulted by this man, in his (Jerry's) home on TWO documented occasions , made to leave , because of a false accusation by this man, and then robbed of his wife, his soul mate, help mate, their home was robbed as well

not much more this man can take from Jerry or from us

Tex we want him to stqand trial, we plan on being there, with shirts for Cindy's voice, and at every appeal or parole hearing we will still be there!

-- Posted by DaffyD on Sat, Aug 24, 2013, at 9:59 AM

If Cindy where part of your family you'd sign and share.

We know the girlfriend was involved in the murder. We know she provided transportation from the burn site back to the murder scene...


-- Posted by DaffyD on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 5:28 PM

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