A county man has been charged in a Franklin County grand jury indictment with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.

Cameron J. Hill, 25, Union, was served a warrant on the indictment Thursday, March 9, while in custody at the Franklin County jail. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Authorities allege that Hill attacked Cassidy Hutchings, 23, Villa Ridge, at Reiker Ford along the Bourbeuse River south of Union Thursday, Jan. 19.

According to the probable cause statement filed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Hill cut Hutchings’ throat with a knife before she fled from the man into the Bourbeuse River. Hill then chased her into the river where he stabbed her multiple times in the back of her head, neck and back.

Authorities said the victim’s father contacted the sheriff’s office Jan. 19, at 11:20 p.m. because Hutchings had not come home. He told deputies that she normally returns home early when she works the next morning.

The victim’s body was recovered from the Bourbeuse River after 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, when a resident saw the body and contacted authorities.

Hutchings’ vehicle was parked near the river access, authorities said.

A subsequent investigation led police to a home in Union in the 300 block of Springfield Avenue where Hill had been staying. He was arrested before 11 a.m. Friday and taken into custody.

Authorities allege that Hill admitted to killing Hutchings.

Hill had recently returned to the area after spending several months in Texas.

Police said Hill did not have a criminal record. He previously had lived in the St. Clair area.

Union police and the Missouri Department of Conservation assisted the sheriff’s office during the investigation.

Hutchings’ family has created an account to assist with funeral and other costs. For more information people may visit www.gofundme.com/funeral-costs-for-cassie-hutchings.