ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Friends of a strangled southwestern Illinois woman whose dismembered body was found along a river hope a memorial fund can raise money to cover funeral expenses and a grave marker.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports the fund is for 30-year-old Alton woman Courtney Coats. Her body was found last week along the Illinois River in Greene County. She had been reported missing Nov. 25.

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Madison County prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Patrick Chase of Alton and 30-year-old Brandon Chittum of Collinsville with first-degree murder and other charges.

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Both men are held on $1 million bail. Online court records don't show whether either man has an attorney.

The memorial fund has a website at Donations also may be dropped off or mailed to the Jerseyville Banking Center in Jerseyville.


Information from: The Telegraph,

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