A Florida man is accused of fatally taking pictures his girlfriend throughout an argument and leaving her to die within the woods earlier than returning days later to burn her corpse and scatter her stays.
Police investigators in Indian Harbour Beach witnessed Daniel Stearns, 32, making an attempt to bury the burnt-up stays of his girlfriend, 44-year-old Nancy Howerty.
“While they have been surveilling him, they have been in a position to decide that he was burying the physique and he had truly burned the physique in an effort to destroy any attainable proof,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said during a news conference.
Howery was reported lacking by her ex-husband and two youngsters on Feb. 18, three days after she failed to select up her youngsters from college.
Her cellphone information confirmed that she was final seen on Feb. 15 at a gun membership in Palm Bay, Police Chief David Butler stated.
Howerty had reportedly been with a buddy, who advised investigators Howerty was supposed to satisfy up together with her boyfriend, Stearns, the identical day she went lacking.
Police found Howerty’s automotive deserted close to a website generally known as “The Compound,” an space ceaselessly misused for leisure actions.
Howerty’s boyfriend had made himself a suspect to police investigators early on within the case, Ivey stated.
The two instances he was interviewed, Stearns confirmed “vital areas of deception, and actually recognized himself as a chief suspect within the case,” prompting authorities to put him underneath 24-hour surveillance.
Investigators adopted him to The Compound, the place they discovered there have been truly 5 completely different crime scenes. During their observations, investigations watched Stearn try to scatter Howerty’s charred stays throughout a number of places.
Howerty’s stays had been burned and scattered in an effort to destroy proof, officers stated.
Stearns has been charged with second-degree homicide with a firearm, mutilation of a dead physique and tampering with proof in connection to the loss of life of Howerty.
He is being held with out bond on the Brevard County Jail.
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