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Pair of 16-year-old Iowa high school students arrested for murder after Spanish teacher found dead in park

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Nov. 5 2021, Published 11:06 a.m. ET

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The body of an Iowa woman who disappeared was discovered concealed in a park and two teenagers are now under arrest for her murder.

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On Nov. 3, high school Spanish teacher Nohema Graber, 66, was reported missing to police in Fairfield, Iowa, and her remains were found later that day in Chautauqua Park, where she frequently took walks.

Graber suffered “inflicted trauma to the head,” and her body was hidden under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties, the Des Moines Register reported, citing a criminal complaint.

Police took Willard Noble Chaiden Miller, 16, and Jeremy Everett Goodale, 16, into custody and charged them each as adults with first-degree homicide, and first-degree conspiracy to commit homicide, authorities said.

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The two suspects were students at Fairfield High School, where Graber taught Spanish.

According to the complaint, an unnamed person who knew the two teenagers gave investigators information from social media that allegedly showed Goodale was aware of specifics details related to the victim’s death, including the motive, “deliberate attempts to conceal the crime” as well as Miller’s alleged involvement.


During a search of Goodale’s home, investigators allegedly recovered bloodstained clothing a second witness said the teenager was wearing the day of the murder.

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Miller allegedly told detectives in an interview that he provided materials used to kill Graber, was present during the murder, and helped hide her body, the complaint states.

"All of us at Fairfield Community School District were saddened to receive news this afternoon of the death of a longtime teacher, Mrs. Nohema Graber,” Fairfield Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll said in a statement to KTVO. “In her nine years at Fairfield High School, Nohema touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff.”

The investigation into Graber's homicide is ongoing.


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