Tuesday, August 28, 2001

River debris searched for bodies

The Associated Press

        STEUBENVILLE — Investigators searched debris along the Ohio River on Monday for evidence to back up a man's claim he killed at least six people.

        Authorities had found no other bodies since the discovery of burned remains of a woman on Wednesday. However, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said suspect Steven Moorehead hasn't lied to authorities yet.

        “He's not telling us anything further because he's got lawyers now,” Sheriff Abdalla said. “But he's given us good evidence.”

        Mr. Moorehead's attorney, John Mascio, said he has instructed him to “quit speaking on his own.”

        Mr. Moorehead, 39, of Brilliant, Ohio, and Fred Horner, 38, of Steubenville, are charged with murder in the death of Becky Mitchell, 33, of Steubenville. Her burned body was found Wednesday near Fernwood State Forest.


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