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Pa. man charged with abuse of corpse in Ohio woman's death

GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police accused a man arrested Wednesday of having two juveniles bury the body of a missing Ohio woman in a shallow grave after she apparently had a seizure while doing drugs at his house.

Richard Dean Hodge, 44, could not post $100,000 bond after his arraignment Wednesday on charges of abuse of a corpse and corruption of minors.

Larry Bright, of Jefferson, Ohio, told Ashtabula County sheriff's deputies that his wife, 22-year-old Naomi, was last seen late May 10 or 11 at the Causeway Inn in Andover Township in northeast Ohio, according to court documents. The inn is near Pymatuning Township in Pennsylvania where Hodge lives.

Police said they later determined that Naomi Bright left the inn with Hodge. Hodge's ex-wife told police that her son said Bright was using cocaine at Hodge's home the day she went missing and apparently had a fatal seizure.

Hodge wrapped the woman's body in a shower curtain and drove it to a remote location in Andover Township, police said. Hodge and two juveniles bought shovels in West Virginia, then Hodge dropped them off at the body and had them bury it, police said.

Hodge was arrested after one of the juveniles led them to the grave early Wednesday, police said.

An autopsy was not complete Wednesday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear whether Hodge had an attorney.

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