By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal police have made a series of arrests in connection with an investigation of what has been called a "robbery/homicide" that took place early Tuesday morning at Abel's Quik Shop at 100 Shinn Lane, west of Hannibal.
Lt. John Zerbonia said in a press release that the arrests were made shortly after the incident and continued through Tuesday afternoon. Police declined further comment but has called a 10:30 a.m. Wednesday press conference at police headquarters.
The woman who died was identified as Adrienne F. Arnett, 61, of Hannibal. She was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday by Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy. The James O'Donnell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Hannibal police were called to the 24-hour convenience store at 3:04 a.m. Tuesday. The gas station is south of U.S. 36, across from Hannibal Regional Hospital. It was opened in May 2005 by Abel Oil Co. It is one of 19 convenience stories that the company operates. The store is in operation 24 hours a day. It is one of 14 Abel's Quik Shop locations that never closes. The Shell station also houses a Subway restaurant.
Hannibal detectives were on the scene until about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, investigating the incident. A group of Abel's employees gathered in a nearby parking lot, consoling each other and talking with owners of the business.
A representative from the cleaning service ServPro arrived on the scene at 9:30 a.m. to help clean up the store, and police personnel left the scene. A rope prohibits entry to the business.
Traffic near the business moved slowly for most of the morning as passersby took their time to survey the scene.
Jim Robinson, 59, of Hannibal, was one of a few who stopped to find out what was happening. He said he regularly goes to the store every morning for doughnuts before going to work.
"I live about a quarter mile down the road on MM, and it's kind of scary really," Robinson said. "This is going to scare my wife more. I hope they find out what happened."
The facility was still closed at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was not known when the convenience store and sandwich shop would reopen.
Arnett's daughter, Wendy, is an assistant coach for the Culver-Stockton College women's soccer team. The team postponed its regularly scheduled Heart of America Athletic Conference game against 11th-ranked Graceland, which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday. The teams now will play Wednesday in Canton, Mo.