GALENA, Mo. - The body of a missing Highlandville man has been found and two people are now being charged with murder in connection with the death of Carl Anderson, Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill said in a press conference at the Stone County Courthouse this morning.
Anderson was last seen Feb. 23 at a home in Stone County; investigators there later found Anderson's blood on the ceiling. Portions of the home, such as carpet, flooring and windows had been replaced.
Anderson's remains were found by authorities at a location off Highway OO, Hill said. Investigators keyed in on the property after three people -- Teri Dean-Morrison, Cheryl Crawford and Eugene Crider -- spent extensive time at the location. After the three were arrested in Lake Ozark on March 9, their cell phones were seized and authorities referenced cell logs and towers to determine the three had spent extensive time at the property near Highway OO Feb. 23-24.
Deputies served a search warrant on the property March 19 and subsequently served a second one March 21. During the second search, authorities found human remains; lab exams confirmed the remains as those of Anderson.
Hill said Anderson's body had been dismembered.
Authorities previously arrested Dean-Morrison, Crider and Crawford in Lake Ozark March 9.
Dean-Morrison and Crawford have now been charged with murder; Crider faces a charge of tampering with evidence. Dean-Morrison and Crawford were arraigned in Stone County court and are being held on $1 million bond apiece.
Stone County Sheriff News Release:
"I would like to give my condolences to the family of Carl Anderson and thank them for being patient during this investigation.I would also like to acknowledge the following for their assistance in this investigation:
a. Christian County Sheriff’s Office
b. Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control
c. Missouri State Highway Patrol’s State Crime Lab, with special thanks to Jason Wyckoff
d. And a special acknowledgement to Detectives Shawn Fields and Matt Maggard and their Captain, Tim Gideon of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, who put in countless hours into this case.
Today, Teri Dean, and Cheryl Crawford are being charged with Murder in the First Degree in the death of Carl Anderson. Investigation continues on Eugene Crider with the possibility of charges being filed against him at a later date.
The facts supporting these charges are as follows:
On February 25, 2012, The Christian County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a missing person, identified as Carl Glenn Anderson. Carl was last seen at the residence of Teri Dean, Eugene Crider and Cheryl Crawford, all living at 263 Akita Run, Stone County, Missouri on February 23, 2012.
On March 6, 2012, Stone County Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence on Akita Run. During the execution of the warrant, a large amount of blood was found in several locations on the ceiling in the master bedroom. The carpet flooring, exterior windows and the interior door in the master bedroom had recently been replaced. It was observed the ceiling had been cleaned and ceiling texture removed in an attempt to conceal the visibility of the blood stains. Samples of the blood were taken from various areas in the master bedroom, including the ceiling, ceiling fan housing and ceiling fan blades.
The blood samples were sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory for identification purposes (DNA). It was determined the blood samples were that of Carl Anderson.
On March 9, 2012, Teri Dean, Gene Crider and Cheryl Crawford were arrested in Lake Ozark, Missouri. At the time of their arrest, their cell phones were seized and later searched. By examining the phone records and cross referencing the cell phone towers, it led Detectives to a property located on Highway OO in Stone County which belongs to Earl Kearney, a know associate of Teri Dean. The phone records showed that one or more of the three suspects spent a considerable amount of time at the property of Earl Kearney on the evening of Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th.
A search warrant was applied for and obtained for the property of Earl Kearney and the warrant was executed on March 19, 2012. Based on information from that search warrant and after doing further investigation, a second search warrant for the property was applied for and obtained. The second warrant was executed on March 21st. During the second search warrant, human remains were located. Laboratory exams confirmed the remains were that of Carl Glenn Anderson.
Our investigation is still ongoing so we are not at liberty to answer any questions at this time."