HOUSTON, Mo.(Houston Herald)--Three people were charged Thursday after remains believed to be a missing Houston teenager were found northeast of Cabool.
Authorities charged Andrew Vrba, and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, both 18-year-old Houston residents, and Briana Calderas, 24, of Cabool, with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.
Read the probable cause statements against the three suspects at the bottom of this story.
The trio is believed to have killed of Joseph M. Steinfeld, 17, who was reported missing a week earlier. His burned remains were discovered by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department at Calderas’ single-wide mobile home at 14551 Malberg Road in Cabool.
Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. said the investigation is ongoing.
“It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,” Stevens said.
Vrba told authorities he stabbed Steinfield in the living room of the home and with the help of the girls, wrapped up Steinfield’s body, moved it outside and burned it. According to a probable court statement, the women traveled to Walmart in Houston and Mountain Grove to buy items to aid in the burning.
Verba, who along with Schauer graduated from Houston High School in May, told law enforcement officers some of the bones were placed in a garbage bag, which was transferred to a chicken coop on the property. Officers executed a search warrant and also found human bones in a burn pile next to the residence. Apparent blood stains were discovered on the living room carpet. Calderas admitted that the death occurred there, but denied that she wanted the teen, who also goes by the name Ally Matthew Steinfeld according to a social media posting, to die. A cellular telephone belonging to Steinfeld and a knife were recovered at the property.
Facebook messages between the woman gave officers a break in the teen’s death, which apparently occurred Sept. 3 – six days before Steinfeld’s birthday.
The women told officers that Vrba bragged about the murder, claiming to sexual mutilating the victim and gouging his eyes out, according to court documents.
Relatives of Steinfeld had made a public plea this week seeking information about his whereabouts. Flyers were placed at some local businesses and online.
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