Woman previously thought to be missing now charged in connection with her mother's death

Gypsy Blancharde found Monday in Wisconsin

The Springfield-area woman being sought as part of a endangered person alert earlier this week has now been charged with killing her mother.

Gypsy Blancharde, 23, and Nicholas Godejohn, 26, have been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde. The younger Blancharde's age had previously been reported by police as 19.

The charges are in Greene County, Missouri, according to KY3 in Springfield.

Man tells police Gypsy Blancharde wanted him to kill her mother

Godejohn told police he'd driven to Springfield to see Gypsy, and that he asked her if she still wanted him to kill her mother, according to a probable cause statement.

The knife he used was given to him by Gypsy. He stated he would not have killed anyone unless Gypsy had asked him to, and this is why he killed Clauddinnea. He mailed the knife to his home address so he would not get caught with it. Nicholas said he went to the bathroom where Gypsy was hiding at to let her know he had cut his finger with the knife while he was stabbing her mother. They both began cleaning up the blood in the hallway. They took several thousand dollars from a safe from inside Clauddinnea’s bedroom. Nicholas stated he knew what he had done was wrong, but he did it for Gypsy because she asked him to.

Read the complete news release and probable cause statement (PDF).

What originally happened?

Both Gypsy and Claudinna Blancharde were part of an Endangered Person Alert issued late Sunday by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The alert was issued after police were notified of postings on a Facebook account believed to be shared by both women. The postings were of a violent nature, stating that one woman had been killed and another raped.

Early Monday morning, police reported that they'd found the body of Clauddinnea Blancharde inside the family's home in Greene County.

About 10 a.m., Monday morning, Gypsy Blancharde was found just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Godejohn. He was taken in to custody as a person of interest.

The murder charges were filed Tuesday morning, according to KY3. The pair remain in Wisconsin awaiting extradition.

Possibly fooling a community

Authorities say the investigation has uncovered the daughter may have fooled her community into believing she was disabled, according to the Associated Press.

Gypsy Blancharde was widely reported as using a wheelchair. Neighbors told media outlets she suffered from leukemia and muscular dystrophy.

But Sheriff Jim Arnott says Gypsy Blancharde may have feigned the need for a wheelchair as a donations ploy.

Video from Gypsy Blancharde's arraignment shows her walking. 


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