- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors in southeastern Missouri have charged a man and woman, accusing the pair of dumping the body of a woman who died from a drug overdose.

Cape Girardeau police were called to a wooded area near a parking lot Monday morning after the body of a woman was discovered there, television station KFVS reported Wednesday. Officials later identified the body as that of Kadesia Harris, 27, of Cape Girardeau.

An investigation led detectives to a home on the southeast side of the city, where they arrested Janice Leimbach, 62, of Cape Girardeau, and Matthew Morris, 22, of Gideon, police said.

Cape Girardeau County prosecutors have charged the pair with a count each of abandonment of a corpse, saying evidence showed that Harris had died inside the home of a drug overdose, and that Morris later wrapped her body in plastic and stuffed it into a plastic container. Morris and Leimbach then drove the body to a tree line near a creek, where they dumped it, authorities said.

Both Leimbach and Morris were being held at the Cape Girardeau Police Department jail - Leimbach on a $25,000 cash-only bond and Morris on a $100,000 cash-only bond, authorities said.

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