Missing Pa., woman's body found, relative charged

May 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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HUNTINGDON, Pa., May 13 (UPI) -- The body of a Pennsylvania woman who disappeared in 1999 has been recovered and her former father-in-law allegedly admitted to killing her, police said.

The search for remains of Sherry Leighty of Huntingdon, Pa., centered on a rural 150-acre parcel of land in Warriors Mark Township, Pa., Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said at a Monday news conference.

The nearly 15-year-old case was solved when Leighty's former father-in-law Kenneth W. Leighty, 65, told his son, also named Kenneth, he accidentally killed Sherry Leighty and buried her body on the family's hunting ground, the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror said.

Zanic said the elder Leighty provided police with help in locating his daughter-in-law's remains.

Sherry Leighty was 23 when she disappeared and was a mother of three.

The elder Leighty was arraigned Monday on homicide charges and returned to Blain County Prison, where he is being held on an aggravated assault charge stemming from an altercation with police who sought to question him on Leighty's disappearance April 19.

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