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Police: Pacific man tossed girlfriend's head in Meramec River

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

Pacific, MO (KMOV.com) - There are new developments in the murder and dismemberment of a 26-year-old woman from Pacific.

A police source confirmed to News 4 a discovery was made a good distance in the Meramec River Thursday.


This is in St. Louis County, along I-44 near Lewis Road, an area that the suspect Vernell Loggins had led them to.      

      The Missouri Water Patrol made the gruesome discovery, finding Stephanie Fields' head downstream from that area.

      The source told News 4 it now appears that Fields' head was tossed into the river off the highway near Eureka.

      Investigators found the Fields' torso in the woods behind the Monroe Woods Apartment Complex.

News 4 was told there are still other body parts that police are looking for, including the Fields' arms.

On Thursday Vernell Loggins, 37, had a video arraignment in Franklin County. He has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Stephanie Fields.  The couple lived together at the Monroe Woods Apartment Complex near Frontage Road not far from Six Flags.


Officials with the Major Case Squad say that Fields' body had been cut into pieces. Some of her body parts were placed in a dumpster near the apartment complex where they were found Tuesday afternoon.


Authorities say that they have security video of Loggins leaving the Eureka Wal-Mart with trash bags.


A break in the case came when investigators found a trash bag full of bloody rags. That bag also contained a piece of mail addressed to the suspect.


Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks says it appears that the murder was the result of a domestic dispute.


Loggins pleading not guilty to his murder charge in court Thursday, but at the same time News 4 was told he is cooperating with investigators.


Loggins is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $1 million bond.

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