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Reeves Enters Plea; Receives Four Years For Abandonment of a Corpse

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MCDONALD COUNTY, MISSOURI -

According to court documents, Derek Reeves, 35, entered a guilty plea to abandonment of a corpse in Newton County Court today. He was sentenced to four years prison. 

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According to court documents, Derek Reeves waives his preliminary hearing, and is bound over to circuit court for trial. His arraignment is set December 28, 2015. Co-defendant Brandy House next appearance is set for January 6, 2016.

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Two suspects are in custody who have confessed to abandoning a corpse in rural McDonald County.Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy tells KOAM & FOX14 NEWS the man found dead late last month wrapped in a sleeping bag and tent in Goodman, Missouri could have been lying there as early as June.
Authorities say the victim was murdered at an RV park in Neosho and later abandoned in Goodman. 

Today we are learning that the victim was a homeless man who frequented the Miami, Oklahoma area. He has been identified by authorities but his name is being withheld until next of kin are tracked down.

Investigators say the two suspects charged with abandoning his body, 35-year-old Derek Reeves of Noel, Missouri and 38-year-old Brandy House of Pine Bluff, Arkansas were in a romantic relationship.

Chief Kennedy said Reeves led them to the body.

"Information that we obtained was that they didn't personally know the victim. They did a night where they did have him over in their trailer in the RV Park."

Chief Kennedy says the pair were already in custody on unrelated charges at the time the connection between them and the abandoned body was discovered by police. No weapons were found at the scene and authorities are still waiting for autopsy results from the coroner in Springfield.

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