(KMOV) – Three Effingham residents were charged Tuesday in connection to the 2011 disappearance and death of a then 54-year-old man.
On Monday, December 16, detectives with the Effingham Police Department arrested three suspects in connection to the disappearance and death of Joseph C. Delaney.
Delaney reportedly went missing sometime after July 1, 2011.
Following an investigation into his disappearance, a Jasper County resident reportedly discovered skeletal remains near the Embarrass River just north of the city of Newton on March 10, 2012.
According to investigators, newly-collected evidence suggests the remains are those of Delaney.
Investigators believe Delaney was murdered at a building inside the Colonnade Apartment Complex located on E. Hendelmeyer Ave. in Effingham and his body was later disposed of in Jasper County.
Christine Burr, 57, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death by Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler.
Kristy Mathis, 40, and Zebadiah Houser, 25, were both charged with one count of concealment of a homicidal death.
Burr, Mathis, and Houser are currently being held in custody at the Effingham County jail awaiting trial on Wednesday.
Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler expressed his appreciation in the joint efforts concerning this case.
“State Police Investigators, with the assistance from the Effingham Police Department, performed remarkable ‘cold case’ work in this matter,” said Kibler.
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