CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Police believe human remains found in a Kanawha County yard are those of a woman missing for two years, and the owner of the property who had worked with the woman has been charged with murder.
Charles March. 60, was arraigned Wednesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Sheriff's Lt. B.C. Robbins told media outlets the remains found in Chesapeake are believed to be those of 62-year-old Kathy Goble.
A criminal complaint says March told investigators he strangled the Charleston woman on April 24, 2010, dismembered her body the next day and buried the remains in his backyard.
Investigators are waiting for the remains to be positively identified but said they made an "immediate connection" between March and Goble.
Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw said March's son was digging in his father's yard to fix a sinkhole problem when he discovered a head in a plastic bag. The son called Chesapeake Town Hall to report what he found. No officers were in, so Bradshaw headed to the scene. Bradshaw called police after seeing the bag.
Sheriff Mike Rutherford said March, who worked with Goble at a Charleston men's clothing store, had been questioned three times since Goble disappeared.
However, "we had no hard evidence to go and get a search warrant until today," Rutherford said. The sheriff's department was getting a search warrant for March's home and property Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Goble had left Kelley's Mens Shop and was last seen leaving a South Charleston home that night. Her 2004 Honda Pilot was abandoned at the 42-mile marker on I-64, two miles from the Crooked Creek exit in Putnam County.
"To hear that someone that worked at Kelley's is involved is shocking," said family spokesman William Herrald, a friend of Goble's two sons.
March's neighbor, Missy Smith, called his arrest "absolutely crazy because we've known this man our whole lives."
March indicated he wants a court-appointed attorney. He was ordered held without bond pending a preliminary hearing May 7.