The search for a missing South Carolina woman has ended in the arrest of two brothers, after her burned body was found buried in their backyard.
Charles Alexander Dogan, 60, and Tony Nolan Dogan, 52, were charged on Monday with criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to police and interfering with the investigation into the disappearance of Stacey Davidson Carmack, 45, according to the State, a newspaper in South Carolina.
Charles was also charged with desecration of human remains, reports the State.
Carmack was last seen alive at the residence the brothers share in late May, police say. She was reported missing on June 13. Investigators with the Greenville County Violent Crimes Unit believe foul play was involved in her disappearance, but so far have not said why, reports FoxCarolina.com, the local FOX News affiliate.
Investigators looking into Carmack’s disappearance descended on the brothers’ shared home last Friday and began collecting forensic evidence, authorities said. After 12 hours of digging in the brothers’ backyard, they found Carmack’s charred remains, according to WSPA 7, the local ABC affiliate in Spartanburg.
Charles failed to notify law enforcement about Carmack’s death and burned her body, police allege in his arrest affidavit; he also allegedly "took steps to conceal the death from investigators by providing misleading statements hampering the investigation."
The arrest warrant also said that there is evidence Carmack "was removed from the shared residence to an unknown location to conceal (Carmack's death) and to prevent a proper investigation."
Charles was arrested on Friday, while Tony was arrested on Monday, Greenville County jail records show. As of Thursday, Charles was still being held in lieu of $30,000 bond, and Tony was still being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, jail records show.
The cause of Carmack's death remains under investigation, the Greenville County Sheriff told the State, adding that her remains are being studied by the Greenville County medical examiner to determine when and how she died.
The brothers may face additional charges.
[Photo: Greenville County Sheriff]