CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) – A girl charged in reference to a murder investigation made her first look earlier than a decide on Thursday morning, June 23.
Teresa Baumgartner, 59, is charged with tampering with proof in reference to the demise of 20-year-old Jessi Wilfong.
She appeared earlier than a decide through video on Thursday for an arraignment listening to.
Baumgartner requested a public defender, and the decide set a bond discount listening to for subsequent week.
She is presently being held with out bond and investigators have stated they anticipate to file extra prices within the case.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Wilfong’s physique was discovered buried in a barn on property close to Baumgartner’s residence.
According to the Fredericktown Police Department, they have been contacted by Wilfong’s mom on May 24.
They say Wilfong was at a house in Fredericktown on Thursday, May 19 and was picked up on the residence by her uncle.
According to courtroom paperwork, Baumgartner is in a relationship with Wilfong’s uncle and traveled with him to select up Wilfong and produce her again to their residence in Millersville.
Following Wilfong’s disappearance, Baumgartner was interviewed and reportedly informed investigators the she, Wilfong and Wilfong’s uncle had spent the evening of May 19 “sitting around a bonfire at her residence drinking and talking.”
According to courtroom paperwork, at one level Wilfong requested to be taken again to Fredericktown, however they refused. They state Baumgartner stated Wilfong should have left her residence after she went to sleep.
Baumgartner by no means reported Wilfong lacking.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Jessi Wilfong was reported lacking by her mom on May 25 and a lacking individual’s report was filed with them.
The investigation led them to serve a search warrant on June 15 at a house in Cape Girardeau County.
According to courtroom paperwork, they discovered the carpet and carpet padding from the lounge and hallway had been faraway from the house.
Investigators decided from the proof collected that foul play was concerned in Wilfong’s disappearance.
On June 18, deputies went to a location close to the house and located the positioning of a lately dug portion of floor inside a barn construction.
While excavating the world, they discovered the stays of Jessi Wilfong.
According to courtroom paperwork, an auger was discovered on the property that had been rented by Baumgartner from an space enterprise on May 24.
Deputies say the findings from an post-mortem on June 20 indicated Wilfong’s reason behind demise was murder.
According to courtroom paperwork, investigators say Baumgartner and Wilfong’s uncle labored collectively to get rid of the physique.
The investigation stays open and ongoing.
Deputies say extra prices are anticipated in opposition to a number of individuals.
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