SPRINGFIELD, MO (AP) - A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at Springfield.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35-year-old Joseph Ehlers has been charged with abandonment of a corpse in connection with the death of 21-year-old Elisa Ferguson.
Police say Ferguson's body was found Monday afternoon in a stream off a rural road on City Utilities property.
Police say Ehlers, who was charged Thursday told investigators that he came home from work last week and found Ferguson dead with a syringe in her arm. Ehlers told police he panicked, carried Ferguson out to his vehicle, drove to the lake and dumped her body.
Court documents say Ehlers is on probation and parole for previous drug convictions.
Police have not released the cause of Ferguson’s death.