Arnold Police Detective Owen Conarow was found dead Monday (Oct 12) in his High Ridge home, Chief Bob Shockey said. Conarow was 63.
Shockey said Conarow died suddenly and was found after he did not report for work. The chief said Conarow died of natural causes, and no foul play is suspected.
“Any time you lose somebody in the Police Department, you lose part of your family,” Shockey said. “He was a good man, and he will be missed. He had a good heart.”
Conarow joined the Arnold Police Department in April 2002, and for the past 15 years, had served as the department’s range officer.
“He did all of our firearm training, and he was our armorer and took care of our weapons,” Shockey said. “He was a good officer. He did our Fugitive Task Force and for the last eight or nine years, he was responsible for chasing down warrants we had.”
In a post on Arnold Police’s Facebook page, Shockey wrote that Conarow started his law enforcement career in 1983 with the O’Fallon Police Department.
Conarow then worked for the Valley Park Police, and he later worked for Moline Acres Police, before coming to Arnold.
Shockey said one of Conarow’s biggest contributions was as the department’s range officer, a duty he took over in 2005.
“He was a big asset to our range program,” Shockey said. “We were going through a lot of range officers for a while. When Owen took over, he knew his weapons and how to do a program for the range. He was a big asset for the department, and that will truly be missed.
“The range is a huge liability, and he made sure everything was done right. We had more range training under him than we ever had, and he put a topnotch program together. He made sure the officers were trained the right way, knew how and when to use the weapons and made sure the weapons worked. That was a big thing for him.”
Shockey said on Thursday (Oct. 15) that services were still being finalized.