NEW HOPE, Miss. (AP) – Lowndes County authorities say a missing man’s wife and mother-in-law are in custody.
The jail’s booking deputy says 37-year-old Christina Martinez Vasquez and her mother, Lydia Martinez, remained in the jail Sunday.
Vasquez’ mother reported him missing July 13. But others say he left June 24 for a retreat, without saying where it was.
Investigators believe Vasquez was killed in a house in New Hope, and that his body was burned in a container in the back yard. Authorities say bone fragments and ashes were found last week.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says the bones and ashes have not been identified.
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