An Arizona woman and her stepfather, missing since mid-April, were found dead last month inside her SUV, which had been buried on an undeveloped lot down a dead-end road in central Iowa.
And now police believe Elissa Landry’s boyfriend, Mitchell Mincks, and his father, Thomas “Tommy” Tucker, buried the vehicle, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.
Landry, 28, and David “Nick” Batten, 45, were reported missing on April 21 and hadn’t been seen since April 19, as CrimeOnline previously reported. A week later, police in Chino Valley, Arizona, said evidence they’d found “at and away from” Batten’s residence indicted he and/or Landry were dead and that Mincks, a “person of interest,” had been arrested on unrelated charges in Waterloo, Iowa, where he once lived. Police also said that Landry’s two dogs were found in a Waterloo park and were being cared for at a shelter there.
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Police found Landry’s buried Subaru Forester in Evansdale, across the Cedar River from Waterloo, on May 29. While the remains have not been positively identified, Chino Valley police said they were preliminarily identified as Landry and Batten.
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Tucker was arrested and charged with two counts of abuse of corpse for allegedly burying the bodies, the Courier said. The paper cited court records that alleged Tucker had another person rent an excavator, while witnesses told detectives they saw Mincks and Tucker on April 22 with the excavator on the road where the SUV was found buried.
The court records also said that Mincks and Tucker were seen buying lime, used to mask the smell of decaying bodies, and that lime was discovered at the burial site. Additionally, the records said the Subaru was buried directly behind a camper belonging to Tucker.
Tucker’s bond was set at $200,000.
Mincks has not yet been charged in relation to the disappearance and deaths, but Chino Valley Police Lt. Randy Chapman said Arizona detectives were working with the FBI and Iowa officers, and a final decision on charges would come from the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office and federal prosecutors.
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[Feature Photo: David Batten and Elissa Landry/Chino Valley Police Department; Mitchell Mincks and Tommy Tucker/Black Hawk County Jail]