Three Admit to Murder and Backyard Incineration

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TEXAS COUNTY, Mo.– For the second time this year a teen, reported missing, is thought to have been found in the form of burned remains in a rural part of the Ozarks.

Last time it was a 16-year-old in Ozark County. This time, Texas County Sheriff James Sigman says he’s sure the remains are those of Texas County teen Joseph Steinfeld. 

“I think a lot of times when we see crimes like this, you start seeing trends,” says Sigman. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another one.”

Sigman says those remains are now at a forensic anthropologist. 

Despite the pending results of those lab tests, 18-year-old Andrew Vrba of Texas County has already admitted to stabbing Steinfeld to death. 

Fellow suspects Briana Calderas and Isis Schauer have already confirmed they helped Vrba burn Steinfeld’s body in Calderas’ backyard. 

“We’ve got their confessions; everyone has their day in court,” Sigman says. 

A probable cause statement reads, the remains, presumed to be Steinfeld’s, were found in a garbage bag filled with burned garbage, hidden in a chicken coop behind this house. 

“It’s pretty bad,” Sigman says. “I just can’t describe it really.” 

Though he was last seen by his family in Houston, Missouri on Sept. 1, Sheriff Sigman says he wasn’t reported missing until Sept. 14. 

Steinfeld is thought by the Sheriff to have been killed before his eighteenth birthday, Sept. 9.

“This is one of those crimes where you look at the age of the suspects and the victim,” he says, “and you don’t expect it.”

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