A possible standoff in Dupo came to a quiet and anti-climactic end Tuesday morning.
About a dozen St. Clair County Sheriff's Department deputies had surrounded two white homes Tuesday morning on Allen Drive in Dupo, where officials feared a suspect armed with a gun was holding an unarmed hostage.
But after about an hour and a half deputies entered the house where the hostage was allegedly being held through a second floor balcony door. A few minutes later they emerged through the two-car garage door at the other end of the house empty-handed.
"There was a Facebook post that indicated a person was being held against their will so we did a welfare check," Lt. Scott Weymouth. "We were able to determine the person who was claimed to be the victim was not in the home. In fact, we checked her cellphone and, apparently, she's at the Lake of the Ozarks now."
Weymouth said police are trying to work with Missouri law enforcement officers to locate the alleged victim. When asked if she might just be on vacation as opposed to being in danger, Weymouth said that's a strong possibility.
"Absolutely," Weymouth said. "That's what we're trying to determine."
Deputies, who searched a horse trailer and around and beneath a motor home and several mobile homes in the area, lingered at the scene for about a half-hour after the all clear was sounded, taking pictures and talking to a couple of residents.
Then, as quickly as they came, deputies and members of the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department and an ambulance crew drove away without a word.
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