MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Mansfield police held a news conference Friday morning to update the public on a missing persons investigation.
The Richland County prosecutor says Patsy Hudson was "violently killed, dismembered and discarded." However, DNA and x-rays will provide confirmation on the remains that were found in three locations in the county.
Hudson had been missing for several months before her sister filed a missing persons report on Dec. 22, 2015.
Walter Renz and Linda Buckner were arrested in Tennessee a week ago. They were found at a rural campground. To date all they've been charged with is using the credit cards of Hudson, their former next door neighbor. But they've made admissions according to Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page who said, "both have provided statements to law enforcement that allege a series of criminal acts that include a horrific crime committed against a defenseless victim."
Hudson hadn't been seen since July fourth, and when body parts began being found at four locations, suspicion grew that they belong to her. It triggered a wide ranging search.
"Information received to date appears to support that Ms. Hudson was violently killed, dismembered ad disposed of in various locations in Richland County," said the prosecutor.
Renz and Buckner were seen moving out of the house next door to Hudson the day she was last seen, but no one suspected anything was wrong because at times she didn't leave her home for weeks.
"She was a very quiet person I mean you hardly never seen her out," said neighbor Mark Clever.
He says a dispute between the neighbors had been brewing for some time. Hudson's home was filled with cats, dozens of them.
Her now arrested neighbors objected, at times she told her son that she thought some of her sick cats might have been poisoned. No positive identification will be made until more testing is done on the recovered remains.
The credit card evidence that led to Renz and Buckner came from locations in several states.
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