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 - Suspect to return to Orange 34 (76), Rock 49 42...
Suspect to return to Orange 34 (76), Rock 49 42 BY L.GRACE FORD Of The News Staff ORANGE--Two officials from the Orange County Sheriff's office were expected to travel to St. Louis, Mo., Friday to escort a suspect in the slaying of a man found in Baird's Bayou, back to Orange. Arthur Bradley Gonas, 25. a sailor absent without leave from Charleston, agreed to waive extradition and Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Simpson and County Criminal Investigator Jack McClelland are to escort the suspect to Orange. The trio will return Sunday Gonas is one of three persons charged in the March 30 slaying of Sonny Dale Tootle of Savannah. Ga.. about 35, who had operated a carpet-laying business before leaving Georgia to look for work in Texas The others charged in the slaying are Cherry Jean Stalvey, 25, and Bonnie Delane Cooper. 24, both of Charleston. S.C. A green Dodge van was discovered by Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Adams and Investigator McClelland at about 10 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot behind the East Freeway Holiday Inn in Houston It is believed that the van belonged to footle. Cape. Adams said they located the van on a tip from one of the suspects charged in Tootle's death The suspects had earlier said the van had been abandoned a Houston hospital lot with the keys in the ignition. The van. filled with tools, liquor bottles and bloodstained bedding, was driven to Orange where it was systematically and carefully searched for clues. The Department of Public Safety will process the evidence taken from the van, according to Capt. Adams. The third suspect in the case was located when surrendered himself to Webster Grove, Mo., police Wednesday and was transferred to the St. Louis city Gonas had first told law officials that he would waive extradition to Texas then withdrew his agreement. However, word was received Thursday that he would waive extradition. The first two suspects in the case were brought Orange County Monday from Phoenix, Ariz., after Cooper had notified the police there that she had been involved in a murder in Texas Both women are being held here under $50.000 bond each. Krom information obtained trom items in the van located Thursday, the man has been tentatively identified as Tootle. Fingerprints were taken from the body earilier and sent to the FBI to see if positive identification could be made. However no communication from this source had been received here early Friday

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  1. The Port Arthur News,
  2. 09 Apr 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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