A Collinsville woman was charged Tuesday with one count of concealment of a homicidal death, according to a news release from Michael C. Carr, Jackson County State’s Attorney.
The charge alleges that Tiesha D. Anderson, 22, knowingly concealed the death of a person who has tentatively been identified as a female, by placing the victim’s body into a trash can in a wooded area for the purpose of preventing or delaying the discovery of her death.
The offense occurred Aug. 29 in Carbondale, Carr said. The victim’s burned remains were found Aug. 30 in a wooded area off of East Main Street, near Piles Fork Creek, when Carbondale police officers responded to an active fire in the area. Responders discovered the body after the fire was extinguished, police said.
The identity of the deceased person is being withheld until notification to the family can be made and forensic verification can be completed.
The offense is a Class 3 felony and carries a potential sentence of two to five years imprisonment.
The defendant, who was arrested Monday, is in custody of the Jackson County sheriff. Her bond was set at $750,000.
The news release from Carr's office said Anderson is from Collinsville, but at her initial court appearance on Tuesday, Anderson said she was employed in Carbondale before her arrest.
A judge appointed Jackson County Public Defender Peggy Degen to Anderson's case. Assistant State's Attorney Casey E.A. Bloodworth will be handling the prosecution.
The investigation is ongoing and is being pursued by the Carbondale Police Department and the Illinois State Police.
Anderson's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.