A 51-year-old man has been charged after a woman's body was found stuffed in a wooden box near Weston. She apparently died of a drug overdose.
Buchanan County prosecutors said Martin Lee Williams has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Tangela Fisher.
Fisher's body was found last week in a homemade-style box off East Dye Store Road in a dried up creek bed. Inside the box were various sizes of men's and women's clothing.
According to court documents, Williams was in his St. Joseph home with Fisher as he was preparing a syringe containing a controlled substance for the two of them.
Fisher then injected the controlled substance into her arm and became unresponsive. Williams did not call for any medical assistance, court records state.
Williams later built a wooden box, placed Fisher's body in the wooden box, and transported the wooden box to a location in Platte County where he left the box and never reported the death.
Days after the discovery, the Metro Squad turned over the investigation to the St. Joseph Police Department.
Fourteen area detectives were working the case. Sgt. Jerin Almond said the box was built with scrap wood pieces including part of a ping-pong table.
Fisher was known to frequent the downtown area of St. Joseph, deputies said. She and her husband were getting a divorce, and she was living in transitional housing for women in St. Joseph.
Her husband, who asked not to be identified, said he loved his wife and didn't want a divorce. She was battling mental issues, loved ones said.
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