Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murder Charge Filed, but Body Missing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murder Charge Filed, but Body Missing

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In a highly unusual but not unprecedented move, a man from St. Louis has been charged with murder even though police can't find the body of the purported victim, authorities said Monday.

Mayron Jackson, 18, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the alleged killing of Jerome Reed, 24, who disappeared during the weekend.

Homicide detectives believe Reed was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun by a second suspect about 3 a.m. Saturday as Reed slept in the front seat of car traveling on Interstate 44 near Nebraska Avenue. Then, police believe, Reed's body and the shotgun were thrown o into the Mississippi River. The purported slaying came to light after a man told police Saturday that he had discovered blood on the front seat of his car after he had lent it to Jackson and another man. Jackson was arrested and made a statement to homicide detectives in which he admitted taking part in the killing but denied shooting Reed. The second suspect, a 23-year-old man, surrendered to police Sunday night but would answer no questions. …

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