Woman killed farmer husband, buried him under manure

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ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple's western New York farm.

State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn't go to work and hadn't been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday.

Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess' body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm.

Authorities say Mess had been killed by his 48-year-old wife, Charlene Mess. She's charged with second-degree murder.

Charlene Mess is being held without bail Tuesday in the county jail. Her public defender couldn't be reached for comment.

 

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