- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A grand jury indicted a 65-year-old woman on Tuesday in the killing of two people whose mutilated bodies were found on her ranch.

Susan Monica of Rogue River was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse, and one count of identity theft, Deputy District Attorney Allan E. Smith said.

A judge has ordered her held without bail. Arraignment was set for Jan. 22 in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford.

It could not immediately be determined if she has a lawyer.

Deputies were investigating a missing person report filed by the family of Robert Harry Haney, 56, when they learned Monica had been using his food stamp card, sheriff’s Detective Julie Denney said.

Haney had been living in his camper on Monica’s 20-acre ranch for months.

When detectives got to the ranch on Friday to arrest her for investigation of identity theft, they found evidence of two bodies, one of which is believed to be that of Haney, Denney said.

Positive identification of the two people is awaiting an autopsy, Smith said.

Investigators did not provide further details on the evidence or the condition of the bodies.

Denney said investigators did not expect to find any more bodies but have not ruled out the possibility.

Monica keeps pigs and chickens on the property, which is covered with brush and trees and has some structures, Denney said.

The indictment says one victim was killed on Aug. 1, 2012, and the other on Sept. 9, 2013. The indictment cites the second date as the time Haney’s identity was stolen.

Records indicate Monica bought the property in 1991.

Monica’s criminal history in Jackson County includes a 2001 conviction for resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person, according to court records.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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