Man charged in death of once missing Missouri woman

8 months 1 week 14 hours ago Tuesday, April 04 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 7:30:48 AM UTC April 04, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

BERKELEY (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old man is charged in the death of a Missouri woman who had been missing several months when her remains were found.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ray Ellis was charged Monday with second-degree murder and other charges in the death of 25-year-old Monica Elaine Sykes. She went missing in October in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley. Volunteer searchers found her remains in February in a desolate area of the nearby suburb of Kinloch.

Bond is set at $1 million for Ellis, who has been in custody for several weeks on a probation violation. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Her mother says that the day she went missing, she left to buy candy and never returned.

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