HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) – An Illinois man is charged with abandonment of a corpse for allegedly dumping the body of a cousin who died of a heroin overdose near a St. Louis County creek.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 40-year-old William Van Zandt of West Frankfort, Illinois, is accused of disposing of the body of 45-year-old Arthur Van Zandt Jr. The body was found in September in a field near a creek in Hazelwood. Police say vegetation and logs were used to conceal the body.
A police probable cause statement says the men used illegal drugs together before Arthur Van Zandt died. Police found the body a day later.
William Van Zandt is jailed on $5,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.