Man Killed, Van Stolen in North St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis are looking for a van that they believe was stolen during a murder Monday night in North St. Louis.  The van had red lettering on it which says "Emergency Cleaning Services". It turns out that is a St. Louis company.

The owner of that company says the victim was 55 years old and his friend.  The crime happened at Page Avenue and Semple around 9:00 p.m. Monday night. St. Louis police say the call originally came in as a person struck.

But when police arrived at the scene, they found the victim lying in the street with a puncture wound to his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not yet releasing the victim's name.

Police say witnesses told them they saw the male victim  get pulled out of the van by another man who was in the truck with him then that man took off in the van.  Police think the man who took the van may have been armed with a hunting knife. 

The van that was stolen during the homicide is described by police as a 2001 white Ford Econoline. It's got a Missouri license plate of 4YJ-256.  The owner of that company, Patrick Tucker, says his friend was using the van for business unrelated to emergency cleanings.

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