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Victim's body parts found in Jefferson County Creek


State Police in Punxsutawney have captured a man they believe killed the man that was eventually found in the Mahoning Creek.

At a press conference this afternoon, it was announced that the State Police Major Crimes Unit out of the Punxsy Barracks arrested 32-year-old Michael Christopher Shugars of Punxsutawney, and have charged him with Criminal Homicide, Aggrivated Assault, Robbery, along with misdemeanor charges of simple assault, abuse of a corpse and theft by unlawful taking.  The charges stem from an incident on September 13th on a road in Perry Township.  Police say that Shugars confessed to meeting with 33-year-old Chet Haddow of Punxsutawney near the bridge in Valier for a drug deal, and the two took a short drive.  Both men struggled over a handgun that Shugars brought with him and the gun went off, killing Haddow.  Shugars drove his car to a remote area of Blose Hollow Road and left the car there for several hours before returning and dismembering the body, scattering the body parts over several remote areas before setting the car on fire.

Police say that a small piece of the body was initially found by a man fishing on Hamilton Bridge in Perry Township and that started an investigation involving the State Police Major Crimes team along with Punxsutawney Fire Department's Dive Team.  Captain Bernard Petrosky of the State Police says that the teamwork shown on this case was incredible.

No preliminary hearing date has been set for Shugars.

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