Mountain View, Mo. man leads investigators to likely remains of missing woman in Mark Twain National Forest

HOUSTON, Mo. -- Texas County, Mo. investigators say a man led them to the likely remains of a woman reported missing on May 21.

Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey says 28-year-old Dylan Hanger was arrested Saturday, charged with 2nd degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Ten days ago US Park Rangers found 29-year-old Brittany Gorman's pickup at Buck Hollow in southern Texas County.

Blood found at that scene suggested she had been injured and a search for Gorman ensued.

"We initially had some dog teams down there searching and the family and the public really pitched in to help too. Unfortunately that didn't work out," Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey told KY3.

Gorman's family tells KY3 that Hanger is Gorman's estranged husband and that they weren't divorced.

Sheriff Lindsey says Hanger was always a prime suspect because of his relationship to Gorman.

Inconsistencies in his statements to investigators is what helped crack this case.

"Investigators interviewed him yesterday and eventually he led them to the remains, that we believe are Brittany, that were found in the Mark Twain National Forest in Ozark County," Sheriff Lindsey added.

Sheriff Lindsey says evidence suggests Gorman was killed in the Buck Hollow area.

"We are confident based on the investigation that the homicide occurred in Texas County and the body was later dumped in Ozark County," Lindsey explained.

The family said in a statement, in part, "Please say a prayer for us. We would like to gratefully thank all the agencies who worked tirelessly on Brittany's case and for the great outpouring of kindness and support from family, friends and even strangers."

Hanger is being held in the Texas County Jail without bond.

A joint investigation involving the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol led to Hanger's arrest.