Woman’s body found in barrel behind Middletown home

Woman’s body found in barrel behind Middletown home
Police found a woman's body in a barrel behind a Middletown home Tuesday. (Source: WXIX)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A Middletown man was charged Tuesday in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body in a barrel on his property, according to Middletown police.

Officers arrived to the house in the 3200 block of Yankee Road shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of a female inside a barrel at that address, according to a Middletown Police Department release.

At the house, officers made contact with 35-year-old William Slaton and advised him of the complaint, police say. Slaton then went to the back of the house and “tossed a barrel over the fence,” the department’s release reads.

It continues: “Officers checked the barrel to see if a person inside was in need of emergency medical attention and found the dead body of a female inside.”

William Slaton
William Slaton (Source: Middletown Police Department)

Slaton is now charged with gross abuse of a corpse, failure to report a crime or death and tampering with evidence.

His bond was set at $210,000 by a judge with the Middletown Municipal Court.

A search warrant has since been executed at the house, and evidence has been collected, police say.

Middletown police are working with the Butler County Coroner’s Office and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

Following an autopsy, police say the case will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office to determine if additional charges will be filed.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Middletown Police Det. Mynhier at 513.425.7720.

Slaton is scheduled to appear in court on July 8 for a preliminary hearing.

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