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January 29, 2013

Somerset man charged with moving dead man’s body

SOMERSET — A Somerset County man has been jailed on abuse of a corpse and other charges for allegedly moving a friend’s corpse out of his apartment and into the dead man’s pickup truck, where it was found Sunday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 37-year-old Michael Moore, of Somerset, who was also charged with tampering with evidence, terroristic threats and witness intimidation in connection with the death of 53-year-old Frankie Sass.

Toxicology tests are needed to pinpoint the cause of Sass’s death, though Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller says he doesn’t suspect foul play.

Still, police say Moore called and later threatened a friend to help him move Sass from Moore’s apartment. Moore allegedly told the friend Sass was drunk and unconscious, even though Moore’s girlfriend tells police Sass was already dead.

 

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