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Police: Human remains identified, victim was dismembered

Police say victim was killed over drug dispute

By: Marc Stempka

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. State police identified human remains found in a remote area of Jefferson County and have made an arrest in the death of the victim.

Police said the human remains were identified as those of Chet Allen Haddow, 33, of Punxsutawney. Police said Haddow was shot and killed Sept. 13, then dismembered with a chainsaw and his remains placed in the area of the Mahoning Creek near Hamilton, in Perry Township.

Police arrested Michael Christopher Shugars, 32, of Punxsutawney, in Haddows death.

Police have charged Shugars with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, aggravated assault and other charges.

Police said Shugars killed Haddow over a dispute regarding drugs and that the two were believed to be friends.

Police said they also found Haddows car in a different location and that it had been set on fire.

Officials said they were able to identify Haddow through fingerprints. Haddows remains were first located Sunday by people near the creek.

Court documents showed Shugars was placed in the Jefferson County Jail without bail, due to the homicide charge. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 1.

6 News reporter Deven Clarke was at a police press conference Tuesday afternoon and will have continuing coverage of this story beginning on 6 News at 5.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times