Wis. sheriff 'confident' remains are of teenager
- Associated Press
- November 5, 2013 - 10:50 AM
TOWN OF PORTER, Wis. — A southern Wisconsin man told authorities where to find the remains of a Dane County teenager but denied killing her, the Rock County sheriff said.
No charges have been filed against the 29-year-old Porter man, but he was in custody at the Rock County Jail on suspicion of a probation violation, sheriff's deputies told The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/185Zhib ).
The man remains a person of interest in the disappearance of 18-year-old Aprina Paul, Sheriff Robert Spoden said Monday. She was last seen on Oct. 27, and authorities believe the bone fragments they found in the man's fire pit are those of the Fitchburg teen, Spoden said.
"We are confident that this is Aprina Paul," he said.
The man, whom The Associated Press is not identifying because he hasn't been charged, told police he was with Paul on the night she was last seen, Spoden said. The sheriff declined to elaborate on how the man and Paul knew each other except to say they met through a website.
The man told investigators that Paul died in his home late Oct. 27 or early Oct. 28. He provided an explanation for how she died, and authorities are investigating his story, Spoden said.
When Fitchburg police interviewed the man he told them Paul's body was in his fire pit, the sheriff said. Authorities found remains, along with charred remains of what appeared to be clothes and items from a purse.
An intensive weekend search of the property also turned up computer equipment and other physical evidence, although Spoden wouldn't provide details about the evidence.
Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach said bones and bone fragments recovered from the fire pit will be examined this week. Keach said investigators still want to confirm Paul is the person they found, and they're hoping they'll have enough evidence to determine a cause of death.
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