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Missouri woman charged with abandoning corpse

July 2, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Jefferson City woman has been charged with abandonment of a corpse found after an inmate led law enforcement to a location where he said he helped bury a man’s body.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 47-year-old Suzanne Ponder-Williams was charged in connection with a possible murder in 2015.

Online court records do not yet show any defense attorney listed for her.

The discovery of the skeleton was sparked by an inmate at the county jail who claimed last week to know where a body was buried.

Authorities went to a residence just outside Jefferson City where the owner allowed authorities to search the property with cadaver dogs. The dogs couldn’t give an exact location but indicated there were human remains. The inmate was then taken to the site and directed authorities to a specific area where he said the body was buried.

An excavator removed rock and terrain, uncovering a human fibula. Digging then resumed by hand and eventually revealed a nearly complete human skeleton.

The inmate purportedly admitted he had assisted in burying the body and gave the name of the person who allegedly shot the victim once in the chest. Police are looking for the suspected shooter.

The inmate told authorities the alleged killer told him he had shot the victim once in the chest, then dragged the body from a car driven by Ponder-Williams. The inmate then said the shooter contacted him to have him assist in disposing of the body. He said they used a tractor to dig the hole, then backfilled with dirt to conceal the corpse.

The remains were taken to the University of Missouri Medical Examiner’s Office for analysis and identification.

Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson told the newspaper Monday that no additional charges had been filed against Ponder-Williams, and no charges had been filed against anyone else believed to be involved in this case.

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Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com

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