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Abandonment of a Corpse Charge Filed Against Suspect in Homicide Case

WARSAW, Mo. -- Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Karen Woodley has charged Anthony Balbirnie with abandonment of a corpse after the body of Khighla Parks,15, was found in Truman Lake.

WARSAW, Mo. -- Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Karen Woodley has charged Anthony Balbirnie with abandonment of a corpse after the body of Khighla Parks,15, was found in Truman Lake.

Officers arrested Balbirnie Monday evening after a chase. 

A warrant application from the Benton County Sheriff's Department says a witness saw Balbirnie placing a person in the trunk of a car.

According to the documents, the witness also said she saw Balbirnie wrapping, binding and preparing the body for transportation.

The charges also outline Balbirnie's criminal history, including forgery, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, and numerous drug-related charges.

Khighla Parks was last seen by her family on September 20, walking near the family's home around Highway EE and Highway AB west of Springfield. Her body was found ten days later in Truman Lake.

Monday, Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen said the investigation into her death is leading investigators to believe Khighla was in the Buffalo, Missouri area before her death and that, "activity, which took place in the Buffalo area, may have led to (her) death..."

Fajen also said it appears Khighla's body was put into Truman Lake after her death. The body had been weighted down, investigators said.

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