Man Gets Life in Prison for Killing St. Charles Woman, Putting Her Body in Septic Tank
Douglas Howery, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of his wife Betty Ann Howery, 44, of St. Charles, on Nov. 29. According to reports, Douglas Howery killed his wife and then dumped her in a septic tank to hide her remains.
A man found guilty of killing his wife and then dumping her dead body in a septic tank in 1992 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the St. Louis Post-Disatch reports.
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(Betty Ann Howery) vanished in February 1992 after a night at their family farm in Annada, MO, in Pike County near the Mississippi River. She was missing until October 2008, when a crew bulldozing the land found her skeleton in an abandoned septic tank.
Authorities found a .38-caliber revolver in the septic tank where Betty Howery’s body was discovered.
An autopsy concluded her death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head, said Dr. Mary Case, St. Louis County’s medical examiner who analyzed the remains before the trial.
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