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BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. — Prosecutors last week charged three people in connection with the death, dismemberment and attempt to hide the body of a missing Illinois woman.

Bollinger County Sheriff's deputies were contacted Thursday by family members of 21-year-old Brianna Roberts. They said she was last seen at a home near Glen Allen, Missouri, with two people, Kaitlyn Morgan and Eric Nanney, court documents said.

Deputies had been to the home the day before over a "dispute," so they called Morgan, who showed up at the sheriff's office around 3 p.m. Thursday to give a statement.

Morgan initially told investigators she and Nanney had dropped Roberts off in Illinois but later recanted, saying Roberts had been shot and stabbed multiple times by Nanney before he dragged her body behind the house, court documents state.

Investigators searched the home and found Roberts' body roughly 300 feet from the back door. Deputies observed multiple gunshot wounds and at least 20 stab wounds, and the body had been dismembered.

Deputies also found a gun and a folding knife with blood on them and what appeared to be burnt remains, according to court documents.

In an interview with investigators relayed in court documents, Nanney admitted to the murder but said he did it at Morgan's request.

Nanney's father, Ricky Nanney, was also interviewed by police. Court documents said he helped his son try to cover up the crime by power washing blood off an area outside the house, moving a burn barrel used by his son and hiding Roberts' phone under a rock.

Eric Nanney was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Morgan was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Both are being held on a $1 million cash-only bail. 

Ricky Nanney was charged with three counts of tampering with physical evidence and is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bail.

Glen Allen sits in the center of Bollinger County, and is about two hours south of St. Louis.

Katie Kull • 314-340-8087

@KatieKull1 on Twitter

kkull@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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