SEDALIA, Mo. (KSDK) – The owner of the property where human remains were found in the heart of Missouri could have been locked up for life for a St. Louis crime.

But, a botched investigation set Joseph Arbeiter free.

This week, cadaver dogs in Sedalia found human remains scattered throughout Arbeiter's yard. An autopsy will determine if there were multiple victims.

Arbeiter was convicted of a murder on Chippewa Avenue in 1963, and was supposed to spend life in prison until the State Supreme Court overturned the conviction because investigators made mistakes.

He was since been arrested on unrelated rape charges, and has not been named a suspect in the human remains case.

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