Man dismembered woman’s body before discarding in barrel, arrest report states

Police report reveals gruesome details of body found in barrel in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - A man admitted to authorities that he had dismembered a woman’s body before placing it in a barrel behind a Middletown home on June 30.

The Butler County coroner has identified the woman who was found as 21-year-old Cecily Cornett. Her cause of death is pending.

Officers were called to the house in the 3200 block of Yankee Road 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.”

WARNING: Some viewers may find the following details disturbing

According to the arrest report, Slaton admitted to being at the residence with Cornett. He said after using narcotics, he woke up and went to the basement where he found her hanging.

“Slaton stated that he then used a sharp object to cut off all the victim’s fingers. He then used a razor knife to cut off all of the victim’s tattoos on her body. He put the items in a sealed bowl and hid the fingers and skin in the basement,” the arrest report states.

He told detectives that after she had passed away that he allowed her body to lay in the basement of the home for a few days before he placed her body into the drum and put it in the back yard, according to the report.

The report says upon executing the search warrant, detectives discovered the plastic bowl that contained human fingers and sections of tattooed skin.

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

Neighbor Jessica Geib characterized Slaton to FOX19 NOW as “a very shady person.”

“He would just come out screaming at people and he was arguing with people all the time,” she said.

William Slaton
William Slaton (Source: Middletown Police Department)

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

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

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

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