WAVERLY, Ohio — Authorities say human bone fragments found during the search for a missing woman in southern Ohio have led to a man’s arrest.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Pike County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Brandon Friend, of Peebles, is charged with corpse abuse and tampering with evidence in connection with the fragments found last week in a burn pile.

Deputies say they can’t determine yet whether the bones are those of 77-year-old Bernice Hayslip, who hasn’t been seen since August 2016.

Authorities say Hayslip’s daughter, Tracy Sowards, is a person of interest in the disappearance. The 44-year-old Peebles woman is charged with misuse of a credit card and receiving stolen property.

Repeated attempts to reach an attorney who represented Friend and Sowards in Pike County Court were unsuccessful.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.