A Missouri man was arrested on Monday for the murder and dismembering of his boss, authorities say.
The victim’s body was found in a creek bed on Nov. 6, 2020, and his head, hands and feet were removed.
Shane Patrick Norman, 30, allegedly shot the victim in the back of the head with a shotgun, then tried to burn his body as well. The Laclede County Sherriff's Office announced Norman's arrest this week.
Norman worked for the victim, Nathan Andrew Young, 33, at his welding business, and the two were acquaintances, according to authorities.
Despite attempts to conceal the victim’s identity, authorities were able to identify Young after his murder.
“There was a tattoo that was still vaguely showing,” Sheriff David Millsap said, according to KY3. “We had a missing person from that week and we were able to figure out the tattoo may have belonged to him and that’s how we really started with the investigation.”
Deputies spoke to one of Young’s friends, who had seen Norman driving Young’s truck around town, according to KY3. A search of the truck yielded a saw with no blade, as well as what appeared to be blood, muscle, fat and hair follicles.
”You have to wait for physical evidence to get back from the lab and DNA evidence the turnaround is rather lengthy,” Millsap told the news group. “We sent it in November and we got it back just last week.”
Norman was on probation at the time of the killing.
Norman was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held at the Laclede County Jail without bond.