Couple charged after body found in truck near Ferguson park


by Daniel Mueller /

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:13 AM

January-Wabash Park -- Ferguson, MO

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( -- Authorities have identified two suspects in the case of a 60-year-old man found dead in the back of a pickup truck near a park in Ferguson on Saturday morning.

James Miller, 52, and Deborah Lewis, 56, face charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to a release on Sunday night.

Police were on patrol near January-Wabash Park, located in the 500 block of north Florissant Rd., when they discovered a body wrapped in a blanket in the back of a pickup truck around 7 a.m.

Ferguson and St. Louis County police began working the scene, then called in the Major Case Squad for assistance. About a dozen investigators have worked on the case.

Authorities say Lewis had been living at the victim's home. Miller was described as an associate of Lewis.

According to police, the man does not appear to have died at the park in Ferguson. The victim has not been idenitified, pending notification of family.

Lewis and Miller were transferred to the St. Louis County Justice Center where they will be held without bond.

Police have not released information on a motive in the case.

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