- Associated Press - Thursday, November 2, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison in the stabbing death of a woman who was reported missing after she failed to appear at her mother’s cancer fundraiser.

Thomas Teets pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder and other counts as part of a plea deal approved by the family of victim 31-year-old Leah Owens.

State police arrested and charged 32-year-old Teets last week in connection with Owens‘ Sept. 15 death.

Police say he led authorities to her body.

Owens was reported missing after she missed a Sept. 16 cancer fundraiser for her mother.



Police say Teets allegedly told a friend he killed Owens and got rid of her body. Police say a knife and blood found in Owens‘ abandoned vehicle support that account.

No motive has been released.

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