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Three Missouri siblings and a friend die in a crash that was not discovered for hours

Malachi Knapp, 18, his brother Matheson Knapp, 19, and friend Trey Shaw, 20, were killed Tuesday in a wreck in Daviess County. Malachi and Matheson’s sister, Micah Knapp, 31, was also killed. This photo was posted by Matheson Knapp in late 2015.
Malachi Knapp, 18, his brother Matheson Knapp, 19, and friend Trey Shaw, 20, were killed Tuesday in a wreck in Daviess County. Malachi and Matheson’s sister, Micah Knapp, 31, was also killed. This photo was posted by Matheson Knapp in late 2015.

Three siblings and their friend died in a wreck Tuesday in northern Missouri.

Malachi, 18, Matheson, 19, and Micah Knapp, 31, were siblings, according to Beth Mack, who co-owns a business where Malachi and Matheson worked. The fourth person killed, Trey Shaw, 20, also worked with Mack at Barnes Greenhouses in Trenton, Mo., where all of the occupants were from.

“My heart just aches,” Mack said.

The sport-utility vehicle, driven by Shaw, was traveling eastbound on Missouri 190 in Daviess County just west of the Grundy County line when it left the roadway, overcorrected and then traveled off the north side of the road. The SUV went airborne and came to rest in a ditch. It was concealed and not discovered until several hours later, according to a crash report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The four occupants were pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. None were wearing seat belts, the report said.

Malachi had worked at Barnes Greenhouses during seasonal work this spring, Mack said.

Shaw and Matheson Knapp had worked in the past with Mack.

“Their hearts were in the right direction,” she said.

Dianna Crawford was a family friend and the wife of Pastor Doug Crawford at the Coon Creek Baptist Church in Trenton. Crawford wrote on Facebook that the church had lost four of its “sweetest, talented young people.”

She also said that Malachi and Trey Shaw were youth leaders, Matheson assisted with church activities and Micah helped with children’s church.

“They will be very missed and we loved them so much,” she wrote.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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