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Gender of body found in Camden County confirmed as female

Gender of body found in Camden County confirmed as female

Although authorities stopped short of calling it a homicide, a man believed to be the woman's former roommate has been arrested on unrelated charges

September 18th, 2013 in News

According to the Camden County Sheriff's Department, the body of an unidentified individual was found in this residence north of Camdenton on Sunday Sept. 15.

Authorities with the Camden County Sheriff's Department say the badly decomposed body found last Sunday in the Camelot Estates Subdivision in Camden County is that of a female.

Although the body has not been positively identified, in a press release sent out Wednesday morning Sept. 18, the sheriff's office said they believe it to be that of the woman who rented the home where the body was found.

In the same press release, the sheriff's department said 30-year-old Jamison D. Shelton, no permanent address, a known associate of the woman who actually lived in the home for a time has been arrested on unrelated charges.

According to the press release, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, detectives from the Camden County Sheriff's Department in cooperation with the Eldon and Jefferson City police departments and the United States Marshal's Service arrested Shelton at a Jefferson City motel. Shelton was taken into custody on unrelated outstanding warrants.

The woman's body was found on the back porch of a home she rented. The landlord contacted the sheriff's department after he discovered what he believed to be decomposing human remains. The landlord had gone to the home after failing to hear from the renter for an extended period of time.

When deputies arrived they discovered that the remains were so decomposed it was impossible to determine the sex of the corpse. The remains were taken to a Springfield, Mo lab.

A DNA sample from the corpse has been sent to a Texas laboratory for positive identification.

The Sheriff's department is asking anyone with information to contact Sergeant Chris Moehle at the Camden County Sheriff's Department 573-346-2243.