Steven D. Tompkins, above, is wanted for murder in Florida. Photo provided by WHP.
(Wheatland, Wyo.) – Two individuals, one wanted on a nationwide BOLO for homicide, remain in custody this morning in Wyoming.
A Trooper patrolling northbound Interstate 25 approximately 3 miles south of Wheatland Thursday evening pulled in behind a stranded motorist in a green Ford pickup with Florida tags to check on them.
Temperatures remain below freezing in the State and Troopers often stop to check on stranded motorists to make sure they have help and offering assistance throughout their daily patrols.
The male driver informed the Trooper that they had ran out of fuel and were waiting for someone to bring them some. As the Trooper conversed with the couple, a male and female, he began to suspect they might be two individuals wanted from the State of Florida from photos sent out to all Wyoming Troopers Statewide Thursday.
A Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatcher confirmed the Troopers suspicions and advised the Trooper that the pickup was reported as stolen to law enforcement authorities in the State of Florida.
Steven D. Tompkins, 24 years of age who was considered to be armed and dangerous, and his passenger 19 year-old Joycelin Luck were taken into custody by the Trooper with assistance from Platte County Sheriff’s Deputies without incident.
Tompkins is accused of killing his mother, 55-year-old Shelley Tompkins, and his brother, 22-year-old Daniel Tompkins, at a home in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
Tompkins has been charged in Wyoming with possession of stolen property and is being held for Lee County, Florida law enforcement authorities pending extradition on two counts of 2nd degree murder.
Luck, who was also reported as a missing person from Orangeburg, South Carolina, has been charged in Wyoming with being an accessory to possession of stolen property. It is currently unknown what if any charges she faces in the State of Florida.
It is possible that the two individuals may make a first appearance in Platte County Court sometime today.
–Wyoming Highway Patrol