Burned, Dismembered Remains Found; 2 Arrested

Police: Woman, Son Took Money From, Killed Man

Detectives from northern Kentucky spent much of Saturday in central Indiana after remains they believe are that of a man missing since February were found in some woods.

Investigators converged on a remote part of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest in Paragon, in southwestern Morgan County, where the remains were discovered, apparently dismembered and burned, 6NewsÂ’ Tanya Spencer reported.

Walter Sartory(pictured), 73, of Hebron, Ky., was reported missing on March 4. His purported caregiver, Willa Blanc, 47, and her son, Louis Wilkinson, 27, both of Union, Ky., were arrested at a motel in Hamilton County, Ohio, early Saturday morning in connection with the disappearance.

Blanc and Wilkinson both face charges of knowing exploitation of an adult, tampering with physical evidence, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse. Blanc was also charged with knowing abuse or neglect of an adult.

Boone County, Ky., authorities said they're "99 percent sure" the remains that were found are that of Sartory.

"(Sartory was) pretty much a recluse -- no immediate family and no friends to speak of here," said Boone County, Ky., sheriff's Deputy Tom Scheben.

Willa Blanc and Louis Wilkinson

Sartory's relatives in Virginia called police after they hadn't heard from him for a while.

Blanc was held on $4 million bond, and Wilkinson was being held on $1 million bond, both in Ohio.

Police said Blanc was in the process of transferring more than $1 million from Sartory's bank account to hers when both accounts were frozen on Wednesday.

"She got a little over $210,000 from him in a short period of time, purporting to be his health care advocate," Scheben said.

Investigators said Blanc has an acquaintance in Morgan County and recently rented a van and made a trip to Indiana under what they called suspicious circumstances.

"(Sartory) was kidnapped. He was held against his will and was dead before he was ever reported missing," Scheben said.

Police blocked off the area in which the remains were found and planned to return on Sunday to search for more evidence.

Investigators hoped to gather enough evidence to charge Blanc with murder.

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