Police Seeking Son as Person of Interest in Mother’s Murder

Police now have a person of interest in the murder of a woman Tuesday near Idalou. 26 year old Derek Hale is wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his mother 49 year old Joanie DeeAnne Parker.

Parker was found dead by a maintenance worker yesterday outside an abandoned house near U.S. Highway 62-82 at FM 400.

She had been shot three times. A witness said he heard shots in the area and saw a man in a maroon vehicle leaving the scene.

Hale drives a vehicle matching that description. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He drives a 2005 maroon Hyundai Sonata with license plates reading 586-DVD.

If you have any information on Hale’s whereabouts please contact the sheriff’s office at 775-1406 or 775-1480.

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