Woman found dead in barrel identified; cause of death sought

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A woman whose body was found in a barrel at an Ohio home last week has been identified, but the cause of her death remains under investigation.

The Butler County coroner’s office said the remains of 21-year-old Cecily Cornett of Somerville were found June 30 in the barrel at the residence in Middletown, roughly halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. The cause and manner of her death were listed as pending.

Investigators arrested 35-year-old William Slaton, was jailed on charges of corpse abuse, tampering with evidence and failure to report a crime or death. Middletown police arrested Slaton who, they say, tossed the barrel over a backyard fence when they showed up Tuesday, June 30. It was not clear when or how the woman died, and her death remains under investigation.

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