MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- The Lawrence County, Mo. prosecutor charged a Monett man after finding the body of a man missing for weeks.
"Everything just snowballed. Had somebody just written this off as a missing person, we'll get back to it in a week or two or three, this may not have ever come to fruition," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.
Raymond Sterling Fryling faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of Coy Cole.
DeLay said a family member reported a Cole missing on December 1. Cole had been silent with family for weeks. Investigators found his remains near a burn pile in Verona, Mo. His remains have not been positively identified.
An investigation into Cole's banking led authorities to the witness and Fryling. The witness told investigators Fryling shot Cole in a living room in a home in Miller. Fryling told investigators he did it because Cole had wrecked his truck. Detectives arrested the witness as a persons of interest. He does not face any charges at this time.
"You have to work each case like it's the worst case scenario. In this case, unfortunately, that's how it turned out," said DeLay.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office crime scene and detective unit and the Newton County Sheriff's Office detective unit and dive team assisted.