Remains found outside of Sedalia mobile home identified as 35-year-old Marshall woman

Authorities think she died about five months ago

SEDALIA, Mo. - Authorities have identified the human remains found outside a Sedalia mobile home last weekend, Pettis County Sheriff’s detectives announced Friday morning.

Deputies were first called out to the 2600 block of Goodwill Chapel Road in Sedalia on Sunday after workers discovered the remains of 35-year-old Mandy Black near the residence.

While processing the scene, authorities discovered additional partial human remains in a wooded area a short distance away.

Detectives were able to identify Black through tattoos.

They are investigating the case as a homicide. Authorities believe her death occurred around the first of the year, according to a news release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph Arbeiter lived in the home but was arrested last Thursday on unrelated charges. Neighbors say he attacked a woman who lived nearby. Arbeiter faces several charges of assault and battery as well as other drug charges.

Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond confirmed Arbeiter is the only person of interest in Black's death.

He also says charges in the case could come as early as next week. 

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