An update on a story we brought you earlier in the week…
The University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Warrensburg Police Department’s joint investigation in the discovery of an infant’s body in a cave at Pertle Springs recreation area this past Tuesday (March 4) has resulted in the arrests and filing of formal criminal charges against two Warrensburg residents.
Based on current evidence, 19-year-old Latasha Wilson, of Warrensburg, has formally been charged with Abandonment of a Corpse, and 20-year-old Zakary Carter, has been charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Additional charges could still be filed once authorities get the autopsy results.
The arrests are being credited to the community responding to the request for assistance posted in the media, and the partnership of UCM Police, Warrensburg Police and the Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney.
Two University of Central Missouri students were using the cave to study how snakes react to temperature changes while wintering in a cave. One of the students said she filed a police report on Feb. 17 after discovering the lock on the cave had been broken off and found what she assumed was burned trash inside.
She returned to the cave Tuesday with Lyon and noticed a foul smell in the cave, which is when they discovered the infant’s body among the trash.
No information regarding bond for the suspects has been released.
Anyone that may have additional information pertaining to this case should contact the Warrensburg Police Department Detective Division at 660-747-9133.
No further information will be released at this time.