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Police: Man killed missing Madison County woman, burned her body in 2010

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Bonnie Woodward (Credit: Handout) Bonnie Woodward (Credit: Handout)
Roger Carroll is accused of murdering Bonnie Woodward in 2010 (Credit: Police) Roger Carroll is accused of murdering Bonnie Woodward in 2010 (Credit: Police)
Roger Carroll was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide (Credit: Police) Roger Carroll was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide (Credit: Police)

ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A suspect has been charged with murder in the case of a mother of four who went missing in 2010.

Roger Carroll is currently being held without bail on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealing a homicide in relation to Bonnie Woodward’s disappearance. According to charging documents obtained by the Belleville News-Democrat, Carroll shot and killed Woodward on June 25, 2010, the day she was reported missing. After killing her, Carroll allegedly burned her body in a fire.

"I am pleased to announce today that the disappearance of Bonnie Woodward has been solved," said Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons in a press conference Thursday. 

Woodward was last seen eight years by a coworker at the Eunice Smith Nursing Home talking to a man in his early 40s. The co-worker said she saw the then 48-year-old Woodward, who was wearing yellow scrub pants and a white scrub top, get into a car, described as a silver or grey Chevrolet Malibu, with the man.  

Woodward's brother Roscoe Gray made a public plea after the disappearance, saying, "She would not just get in someone's car. We can't understand it unless she was forced in it."

Watch: KMOV coverage of Woodward's disappearance 

After being reported missing, police said there was no activity on Woodward’s cell phone or credit cards. They also said her vehicle was found in the nursing home’s parking lot with its windows down.

As police investigated, the family waited eight years for answers. As the search dragged on, Gray pleaded for his sister's return.

"You let my sister go and I'll come and get her. If you dump my sister off just tell somebody where she's at and we can come and get her."

The break in the case came when a tipster brought forth information pointing to Carroll. 

"This is a prime example that any piece of information that is brought forward can help solve a case, bring closure to a family and put evil-doers in jail," Gibbons said. 

When police searched Woodward’s car they reportedly found Carroll’s fingerprints, which then prompted them to search his property using cadaver dogs. Nothing was found during the search of his property on Creek Road.

Woodward’s 17-year-old stepdaughter, Heather, was reported missing about a week before. She was found on July 3, 2010 after walking into an East Alton library. She had reportedly voluntarily left home and was staying with Carroll and his wife. Carroll, his wife and another woman were later accused of harboring a runaway and obstruction of justice in connection with her disappearance.

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In 2010, a $5,000 reward was offered for information regarding Woodward’s disappearance.

The Jersey County Sheriff, Alton Police Chief, Madison County State’s Attorney and Jersey County State’s Attorney are expected to hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday regarding the charges.

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