- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

THAYER, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged in the killings of two people in southern Iowa after police made two separate discoveries of human remains.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jerry Dillinger was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder Saturday after police found a second body near a house in Thayer.

The victim’s identity is unknown. The body has been taken to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

Investigators used an excavator and a team of specially-trained dogs to recover the remains.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents and Union County deputies searched two homes in Thayer Friday as part of the investigation into the death of 37-year-old Loretta Dillinger, who was found Dec. 2 in a farm pond near Lorimor. Jerry Dillinger is her former brother-in-law.

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