Southwest Missouri man pleads guilty to abandoning corpse

1 year 3 months 4 weeks ago March 29, 2016 Mar 29, 2016 Tuesday, March 29 2016 Tuesday, March 29, 2016 3:27:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

NOEL (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to abandoning the corpse of an Oklahoma man whom authorities believe was killed at a recreation vehicle park.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/21R2fCJ ) reports that 35-year-old Derek L. Reeves, of Noel, entered the plea Monday in Newton County Circuit Court.

The unidentified 43-year-old victim's body was found in October wrapped up in a tent and sleeping bag and dumped along a road in McDonald County.

Authorities say an Arkansas RV dweller who hasn't been charged led investigators to the corpse after a witness told authorities a killing had taken place over the summer. The body was so badly decomposed that the medical examiner was unable to determine a cause of death.

A second suspect also is charged with abandonment of a corpse.

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