A second potential suspect has been named after authorities found human remains last week in Cole County in a possible murder case from 2015.
Sandy Gallaspie, 58, of Jefferson City, is a person of interest in the case and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Cole County Sheriff's Department, which is asking for assistance in finding Gallaspie.
Gallaspie has not been officially charged with any crime by the Cole County Prosecutor's Office.
A Jefferson City woman was charged Saturday with abandonment of a corpse in connection with this case. Suzanne Ponder-Williams, 47, is believed to have committed the crime around November 2015, according to a probable cause statement.
Last Wednesday, an inmate at the county jail asked to speak with a detective, claiming to know where a body was buried and that the victim might have been shot to death before being buried.
Members of the Cole County Sheriff's Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department went to a residence in the 2700 block of Bess Hill Road on Thursday. The property owner allowed authorities to search the property with cadaver dogs. The dogs indicated there were human remains on the property but couldn't give an exact location.
The inmate was taken to the site and directed authorities to a specific area of the property, where a human fibula and eventually a nearly complete human skeleton were uncovered.
The remains were taken to the University of Missouri Medical Examiner's Office for further analysis and identification.
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The inmate was interviewed again Friday and admitted he had assisted in burying the body. The inmate also gave the name of the person who allegedly shot the victim once in the chest.
After the murder, the inmate said, he sat in the home of Ponder-Williams and Gallaspie, the alleged shooter, and talked about how and where to dispose of the body.
The inmate said Gallaspie told him he had shot the victim once in the chest, then dragged the body from a car driven by Ponder-Williams, the victim's ex-wife. The inmate said Gallaspie had contacted him to have him assist in disposing of the body. They used a tractor to dig the hole, put the body in the hole, then backfilled the hole with dirt to conceal the corpse, the inmate said.
While charing documents include the names of the suspected victim, that name has not been included in this article pending confirmation from authorities.
"We are very confident on who the victim is; but, until we get official notification, we will not release their name," said Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler. "I am very confident there will be several more people charged in very near future."
Anyone with information about Gallaspie's whereabouts is urged to call the Cole County Sheriff's Department at 573-634-9160.