- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

LESTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Two people have been charged in the death of a woman who had been missing since November and was found dead in southeast Missouri near the Black River.

Thirty-six-year-old Brad Kopf was charged with first-degree murder and 40-year-old Carrie Chitwood was charged with abandonment of a corpse on Monday.

Sixty-three-year-old Sharon Nelson was discovered on Jan. 13 near Lesterville in an area that had been recently flooded. An autopsy says that Nelson suffered a gunshot wound to the head. She had been missing since Nov. 4.

The Associated Press left a message seeking a comment from an attorney listed as representing Kopf. Online records do not list an attorney for Chitwood.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for both Kopf and Chitwood on April 6.

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