Jesse Goins

Jesse Goins

Jesse Goins, 29, formerly of Arnold, was found dead Oct. 7 in about 2 feet of water in quarry in the Green Park area, two weeks after he allegedly fled from St. Louis County Police from a nearby business, the St. Louis County Police reported.

Goins most recently lived in the 100 block of Horn Avenue in Lemay, police reported.

After his body was found, he was identified through his tattoos, and his cause of death is under investigation, St. Louis County Police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said Monday (Oct. 12).

St. Louis County Police said Goins’ body showed no signs of trauma or broken bones.

Goins’ body was discovered at about 8:45 a.m. Oct. 7 in the quarry, which is on the Budrovich Contacting Co. property at 10328 Lake Bluff Drive in the Green Park area, the report said.

Goins allegedly ran from St. Louis County Police at about 9 a.m. Sept. 24 when officers were called to Packaging Concepts at 9832 Evergreen Industrial Drive in the Green Park area because of suspicious activity outside the business. Two people were arrested on unrelated warrants, but a third, who was later identified as Goins, evaded arrested, according to the report.

After Goins reportedly fled from police on Sept. 24, St. Louis County police officers brought out a tracking dog that followed his scent toward the 10300 block of Lake Bluff Drive. But the dog’s handler decided to stop the search because the terrain was too dangerous, police reported.

Goins’ family reported him missing on Sept. 27, and later police returned to the quarry and found his body, according to the St. Louis County Police.

Court records show Goins was on probation following two incidents that occurred Feb. 22, 2017, one in Imperial and the other in Arnold, court documents show.

On Dec. 11, 2017, Goins pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; one count of resisting arrest and creating a risk of serious injury or death, a class E felony; and fourth-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, and Jefferson County Div. 6 Circuit Judge Troy Cardona sentenced him to 10 years for the burglary, four years for resisting arrest and one year in Jefferson County Jail for assault. The three terms were to be served concurrently, or at the same time, according to court documents.

However, after completing a treatment program, Goins was released in February 2019 on five years’ probation, court records show.

Before being sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2017, Goins previously received nine four-year and seven seven-year prison sentences for second-degree burglary, stealing, property damage, stealing a motor vehicle and tampering with a motor vehicle, according to court records.

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