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Husband facing murder charge after Sunset Hills Woman's remains found

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John McLaughlin has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife's remains were found (Credit: Police) John McLaughlin has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife's remains were found (Credit: Police)

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Linda McLaughlin’s husband was charged with second-degree murder after her remains were found in a shallow grave Tuesday.

McLaughlin’s remains arrived at the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office Tuesday, officials said. Investigators were able to identify the remains as the missing woman’s through medical procedures she underwent.

According to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, the remains were found in a remote area in southwest Missouri.

Court documents state that McLaughlin and her husband were present at the family business in Fenton around 7:30 p.m. June 1, 2015. Authorities said the husband drove his truck to the family farm in Gerald, arriving around 1:30 a.m. June 2. He then reportedly left the farm around 7:30 a.m. and drove to a remote area in southwest Missouri and parked his truck before returning to the family farm around 1:30 p.m.

McLaughlin’s bracelet and blood were found in a structure on the family farm, police said. Her body was reportedly found roughly 20-yards from where her husband parked his truck on June 2.

 "That location was determined using various technology and also at the same time we were able to put Mr. McLaughin, John McLaughin, at that very location which is an incredibly secluded place in the state of Missouri," McCulloch said. 

According to attorney Scott Rosenblum, who is representing the husband, John K., 58, and Robert McLaughlin, 55, were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, 

John McLaughlin was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday. His brother has not been charged in connection to the case.

Rosenblum said that the charge doesn't surprise him based on where the investigation was going.

"He is doing fine. Obviously no body wants to be in jail and he is anxious to talk about bond issues but he's in as good of a state of mind that he can be in given the circumstances as he was taken from work yesterday and charged with this offense," Rosenblum said.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, McCulloch said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. 

"It was no surpise that our client was a suspect and a subject of this investigation," Rosenblum said. "Again, we believe the case is very defensible." 

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McLaughlin was last seen around 7 p.m. on June 1, 2015. When police began their investigation into her disappearance they called in the Crimes Against Persons Unit because they believed the circumstances to be suspicious.

In the days following her disappearance, officers searched the family’s property in Franklin County. Her vehicle was found at Tennessee and Iron Street in South City on June 5.

McLaughlin's family was offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to her location.

No other information has been released.

Stay tuned to News 4 and KMOV.com for more on this developing news.

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