Fugitive arrested in Sterling on charges from 2015 fatal crash

September 4, 2018

STERLING – A former Sterling resident who made the most-wanted fugitive lists in Missouri is in Whiteside County Jail awaiting extradition.

Daniel A. Burch, 66, was arrested by Sterling Police at about 6:17 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of West 23rd Street on a Miller County, Missouri warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

The charges stem from an April 8, 2015, crash that killed two people and injured four others on Highway 54 in Lake Ozark.

According to the accident report, Burch, then of Elizabeth, was driving a semitrailer that slammed into the back of a car, causing a chain-reaction pileup involving eight vehicles, including another semi, that were stopped for a red light at an intersection.

Robin Dinwiddie, 50, and her daughter, Kenda O’Leary, 27, both of Eldon, Missouri, were killed in the fiery crash. Burch’s truck made its initial contact with their Pontiac Vibe.

Burch, who suffered minor injuries, was arrested the next day on suspicion of careless and imprudent driving involving an accident and two possible counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Sometime after, Burch disappeared, which landed him on the Miller County and a few other most-wanted lists.

Calls made to the Miller County Sheriff’s Department were not returned.

The arrest in Sterling was made after local police received a tip on Burch’s whereabouts. When Burch was arrested Friday, he gave a Sterling home address, but it wasn’t known how long he had been here, Police Chief Tim Morgan said.

“He had a $25,000 cash bond that he couldn’t post, so he is still at the Whiteside County Jail,” Morgan said.

The Miller County Jail received the paperwork from Sterling on Tuesday and now have 10 days in which to extradite Burch and set a court date.

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