WHEELING, W. Va. – More details are surfacing with regard to the remains of a human body discovered Tuesday in Huston Township.
Information from the U.S. Attorney’s office in West Virginia revealed that the body recovered in Clearfield County is believed to be that of Kelly Jo Elliot, a West Virginia woman who has been missing since May 25.
U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter along with prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, announced that Eugene J. Talik Jr., 38, of Sewickley, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges that he traveled from Pennsylvania to West Virginia with the intent of killing his girlfriend, Elliot.
Potter also contends that Talik killed Elliot on May 25.
According to court documents in the case, Talik wanted a still-unnamed male accomplice to kill Elliot because she was threatening to tell Talik’s wife that she and Talik were having an affair. The accomplice reportedly told investigators that Talik and the accomplice drove from Pennsylvania to West Virginia with the intent of killing Elliot.
Talik is alleged to have hit Elliot on the head as she got out of Talik’s van at a truck stop off of Interstate 70 in West Virginia. The accomplice told police that Elliot was still alive at that time.
The accomplice told police that Elliot was put into Talik’s van where he saw Talik strangle Elliot.
Several days later, Talik and the accomplice transported the body to Pennsylvania where the body was burned and buried.
Law enforcement officers who went to the scene Tuesday said that a preliminary investigation revealed that a body was burned and buried in the area.
The crime alleged in the case carried a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
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