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Skeleton in Pennsylvania Identified

August 18, 1999

HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) _ The wife and stepdaughter of a man whose skeletal remains were found earlier this month buried in the basement of their home years after they moved away have been arrested and charged with murder.

Patricia Sloan, 52, of New Brighton and Bonnie Marie Neely, 33, of Altoona are charged in Westmoreland County with the death of Willis Casteel, 62. Casteel was stabbed and shot with a shotgun, Penn Township police said Tuesday.

Ms. Neely allegedly confessed to police, saying that in late 1983, her mother handed her a knife, saying, ``It’s time,″ the Beaver County Times reported.

Ms. Sloan and Ms. Neely lived in the house for nine more months, then moved on.

Bob and Linda Galet bought the home in 1986. They found the skeleton Aug. 9 while digging in the earthen basement of their home in preparation for pouring a concrete slab.

Mrs. Galet’s shovel hit something hard, and they uncovered bones and boot tips. The Galets contacted officials, who unearthed an entire skeleton.

No motive for the killing had been determined.

The women were arraigned Monday and then jailed at the Westmoreland County Detention Center without bond.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 24.

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