Woman charged in case of dismembered body in Franklin County

The remains were found Tuesday evening.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO. - A woman was charged Friday in connection with the dismembered body found in Franklin County in January.

According to a press release, Donna Tooley was charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence in connection with the Jan. 10 discovery of Vincent White's dismembered body.

Conservation officers made the discovery around noon at the Chouteau Claim access, near the confluence of the Meramec and Bourbeuse Rivers.

They said White's body was in a burn pile about 15 feet into the woods. Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the incident as a homicide. Sheriff Steve Pelton said it’s likely the victim was dismembered somewhere else, and the remains were brought near the river and set on fire, and could have been there for about two or three days.

Officers searched the area with cadaver dogs and the Missouri Highway Patrol launched boats and searched the rivers for any evidence, but didn’t find anything else.

Tooley was taken into custody Friday at around 6:20 p.m. She is being held on $100,000, cash-only bond.

The Major Case Squad and Missouri state Highway Patrol contributed to the investigation.

(© 2017 KSDK)


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