Date: October 3, 2019
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY CHARGES TWO FULTON WOMEN WITH FELONY OFFENSES AFTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION
Arrested person information:
Hayleigh Mertell, 24, of Fulton
Samantha Strahl, 38, of Fulton
On October 3, 2019, the Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney charged Hayleigh Mertell, 24, of Fulton with the felony offenses of Statutory Rape 2nd and Statutory Sodomy 2nd. Mertell is being held in the Callaway County Jail pending $15,000 bond.
The aforementioned charges are the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office near Fulton on October 2, 2019. On that date, Callaway County deputies arrested Mertell.
On October 3, 2019, the Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney charged Samantha Strahl, 38, of Fulton with the felony offense of Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st. Strahl was arrested by Callaway County deputies, booked/processed at the Callaway County Jail, and later released on $4,500 bond. This charge was filed in relation to the same investigation that involved Mertell.
The investigation is continuing and further arrests/charges are possible.
*** The Callaway County Sheriff and his staff continue to work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to curb criminal activity throughout the county. Citizens are reminded they can anonymously report criminal activity to Crimestopper’s at 573-592-2474 or online at www.callawaysheriff.org. ***
NO FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS TIME.
End of media release.
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