Remains Recovered

Charred human remains found Tuesday afternoon at the Chouteau Claim river access near Moselle were collected and taken to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office for possible identification.  Missourian Photo/Monte Miller.

A 51-year-old High Ridge woman was arrested Friday during an investigation into the death of Vincent S. White, whose burned and dismembered remains were located Jan. 10 in the Moselle area.

According to St. Louis Major Case Squad Dep. Commander Gary Higginbotham, the couple had been living together in High Ridge located in Jefferson County. No charges have been filed and the suspect's name has not been released.

The St. Louis Major Case Squad is investigating White's death as a homicide.

Friday afternoon investigators recovered more remains in a different location off Highway AH. They said the remains likely belong to White.

Higginbotham said the suspected homicide occurred in Jefferson County. Investigators will meet with prosecutors in Jefferson and Franklin counties to determine where charges will be filed. 

The unit was activated Thursday morning after a DNA match was made to the burned, dismembered remains found at the Chouteau Claim river access.

The remains were dumped at the access between two to three days before they were uncovered by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) employees.

Around noon Jan. 10, staff members with the Forestry Division of the MDC found the remains in a burn pile located in brush.

Deputies and conservation agents used cadaver dogs to conduct a grid search of the area where the Bourbeuse and Meramec rivers meet.

The Missouri State Patrol also searched the rivers for evidence.