The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the homicide victim found Sunday afternoon at Goodwill Chapel Trailer park in Pettis County, south of Sedalia.
On Thursday, detectives identified the victim as 35-year-old Mandy M. Black, of Marshall. The identification was made through positive confirmation of tattoos found on the victim. Next of kin were notified Thursday afternoon.
Sheriff Kevin Bond said he believes the homicide occurred around the first of this year.
The remains were first discovered by park maintenance workers outside Trailer No. 19, the former residence of Joseph F. Arbeiter, 65, who was arrested at the residence on April 30 and charged with attempted rape, sodomy, three counts of assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action. He is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Additional remains of the victim were discovered by a Pettis County deputy in a wooded area near the trailer later in the day Sunday.
However, Bond said he is not yet naming Arbeiter a suspect in the investigation and declined to comment on whether investigators have questioned Arbeiter regarding the remains.
“We are looking at him as well as other people,” Bond said. “The information is slow coming, but we want to make sure we are covering all the bases. It is a methodical process and we are working diligently on it.”
Sheriff Bond urges anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Pettis County Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS, or call the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office at 660-827-0052.