City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2021

CONTACT: Jeff Pitts
Public Information Specialist
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.817.5049
policepio@CoMo.gov

Brittany Hilderbrand
Public Information Specialist
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.874.7671
policepio@CoMo.gov

UPDATE - Homicide: Victim dies as a result of an assault in the 200 block of Orchard Court, Feb. 15

(COLUMBIA, MO) -

Maya Leah Nicole Wootton, 33, of Columbia, died Thursday, Feb. 18, due to injuries sustained on Feb. 15 from a gunshot wound. Next of kin has been notified. 

Lt. Matt Stephens said, "Initially, this case was being investigated as an assault, however, because the victim died as a result of the injuries sustained in the assault, the Criminal Investigations Division is now treating this case as a homicide investigation."  

Lucas Gordon Harper, 34, and Elizabeth Emily Dye, 25, both of Columbia, were arrested for their involvement and were remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail after their arrest. 

Columbia Police responded to a request for a well-being check at a residence in the 200 block of Orchard Court on Feb. 15. Officers located Wootton, who had sustained life-threatening injuries, inside the residence.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Case number 2021-001529

Previous Press Release(s): 

UPDATE: Two arrests made in relation to Feb. 15 assault with life-threatening injuries in the 200 block of Orchard Court

 https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=7301Columbia Police investigating an assault with life-threatening injuries in the 200 block of Orchard Court, Feb. 15

 https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=7298



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