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Lue admits to burying missing woman in floor of his home

Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Updated story after Probable Cause Statement reviewed, Wednesday, May 10 9:45 a.m.
John Herman Lue’s side of the story was revealed in a Probable Cause Statement taken by Audrain County Sheriff Deputy Nicholas Tietsort.
According to the report, Lue told Deputy Tietsort that on December 26, 2015, Lue returned to his 801 Limit St. home to find Jennifer Middleton, age 38, in bed. Lue reportedly said Middleton told her that she was cold and was unable to warm herself. As the two laid in bed together, Middleton reportedly became deceased and Lue then buried her in the floor of his residence.
Deputy Tietsort, in his report, also said Lue made statements  that he was “dealing with this” for “over two years.” He noted that Lue may have mistakenly stated December 26, 2015 when it could have actually been December 26, 2014.

Full story appearing in the May 10 issue of The Vandalia Leader

Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller and Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann held a joint press conference early Saturday evening to discuss the situation surrounding a body recovered at a vacant home on the 800 block of Limit St. in Vandalia.
Unidentified human remains were removed from the building around 6:45 p.m. after the arrival of the Audrain County Coroner.
Sheriff Oller confirmed that the body had been buried inside the home and appeared to be intentionally buried.
He also confirmed that John Herman Lue II, reportedly age 57-58, of Vandalia, has been taken into custody for the abandonment of a corpse. He is currently in the Audrain County Jail after being arrested around 11 p.m. Friday evening at the Limit St. home. Official charges for the abandonment were filed on Saturday.
Sheriff Oller said investigators are not willing to release information as of press time in how Lue is connected to the corpse. He did confirm that Lue was an acquaintance.
There is no official timetable on when investigators will be able to determine the identity of the corpse. Plans are in place to take DNA standards from known relatives and submit those to the lab. DNA standards were scheduled to be taken as early as Monday afternoon.
Investigators were led to the home just three days after a missing person’s report was filed for a Jennifer Middleton, age 38, of Vandalia.
Sheriff Oller noted that the Vandalia Police Department took a missing person’s report on April 17.
Chief Hammann confirmed that the last time Middleton had been seen in Vandalia was 2015. He said her sister contacted the police department to get a missing person report filed.
Leads poured into law enforcement agencies in the three days since a missing person’s press release was issued to the local media.
During this time, some names of persons connected to Middleton helped the law enforcement investigation efforts.
It is important to note, however, the human remains have yet to be identified as Middleton.
Sheriff Oller said their options were to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol evidence collection unit or the FBI’s unit.
Though both have quality units, the body was very aged so the FBI was the unit eventually called to the scene at the Limit St. home in Vandalia.
Sheriff Oller said a search warrant was obtained Friday evening and the home was secured around 11 p.m. the same night. The FBI came to the home around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was a big puzzle spread over a lot of area and we were able to put it together with the departments we have an it led us here,” said Chief Hammann, during the press conference held just outside the Limit St. home around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 6.
Video from the press conference is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnVvu6Acw1Q&feature=youtu.be
“I also want to publicly thank the Vandalia Police Department,” Sheriff Oller noted.
“…A lot of times agencies don’t really have the best cooperation. This was absolutely flawless. Everybody worked real hard. I want to thank the FBI for sending out their evidence recovery team out of St. Louis. We requested those guys to come out here because we kind of had a suspicion with what we were dealing with and they were fabulous. A lot of resources come to bear for a small community like this and we can’t thank them enough. And the Vandalia Fire Department came out to help those guys…”

Video from the press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnVvu6Acw1Q&feature=youtu.be

(had some technical difficulties. All but a few seconds are included in the clip.)
Update 7:20 p.m.
Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller and Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann held a joint press conference to discuss the situation surrounding a body recovered at a vacant home on the 800 block of Limit St. in Vandalia.
Unidentified human remains were removed from the building around 6:45 p.m. after the arrival of the Audrain County Coroner.
Sheriff Oller confirmed that the body had been buried inside the home and appeared to be intentionally buried.
He also confirmed that John Herman Lue II, reportedly age 57-58, of Vandalia, has

John Herman Lue II

been taken into custody for the abandonment of a corpse. He is currently in the Audrain County Jail after being arrested around 11 p.m. Friday evening at the Limit St. home. Official charges for the abandonment were filed on Saturday.
Sheriff Oller said investigators are not willing to release information at this time in how Lue is connected to the corpse. He did confirm that Lue was an acquaintance.
There is no official timetable on when investigators will be able to determine the identity of the corpse. Plans are in place to take DNA standards from known relatives and submit those to the lab.
Investigators were led to the home just three days after a missing person’s report was filed for a Jennifer Middleton, age 38, of Vandalia.
Sheriff Oller noted that the Vandalia Police Department took a missing person’s report on April 17.
Chief Hammann confirmed that the last time Middleton had been seen in Vandalia was 2015. He said her sister contacted the police department to get a missing person report filed.
Leads poured into law enforcement agencies in the three days since a missing person’s press release was issued to the local media.
During this time, some names of those connected to Middleton helped the law enforcement investigation efforts. It is important to note, however, the human remains have yet to be identified as Middleton.
Sheriff Oller said their options were to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol evidence collection unit or the FBI’s unit. Though both have quality units, the body was very aged so the FBI was the unit eventually called to the scene.
Sheriff Oller said a search warrant was obtained last night and the home was secured around 11 p.m. Friday evening. The FBI came to the home around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was a big puzzle spread over a lot of area and we were able to put it together with the departments we have an it led us here,” said Chief Hammann, during the press conference held just outside the Limit St. home around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 6.
“I also want to publicly thank the Vandalia Police Department,” Sheriff Oller noted. “…A lot of times agencies don’t really have the best cooperation. This was absolutely flawless. Everybody worked real hard. I want to thank the FBI for sending out their evidence recovery team out of St. Louis. We requested those guys to come out here because we kind of had a suspicion with what we were dealing with and they were fabulous. A lot of resources come to bear for a small community like this and we can’t thank them enough. And the Vandalia Fire Department came out to help those guys…”

 

Update 5:54 p.m.
City of Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann just announced that a press conference is coming soon in relation to a body found in an abandoned home in the 800 block of Limit St. in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon.
An investigation into a missing person’s report filed with the department earlier in the week provided a tip on Friday, that was followed up by investigators, leading them to the abandoned home.
There is no confirmation that the discovered body is that of the missing woman as of now.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

First story…

Law enforcement has no comment as of 4 p.m. but a woman’s body has allegedly been found in an abandoned house at the 800 block of Limit St. in Vandalia. More information to be provided as it is confirmed.