Two southwest Missouri residents have now been arrested for taking pictures with a corpse – pictures that were later posted to Facebook.
Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says 24-year-old Chelsie Berry of Carl Junction and 28-year-old Jared Prier of Joplin are charged with abandonment of a corpse. Copeland tells KZRG he made the arrests after getting a tip that the pair were seen in the pictures posing with the body of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer of Joplin, which was found on a rural driveway last week.
The Joplin Globe reports Copeland believes the three had been partying together last week and that Meyer had overdosed and died. He says Berry told authorities she knew Meyer was dead when the photos were taken and the body abandoned.
Authorities don’t yet know how Meyer died but a drug overdose has been referenced as a possible cause.