Homicide victim found in Sedalia Sunday identified as Marshall woman

Friday, May 9, 2014 ~ Updated 7:57 AM

The Pettis County Sheriff's Office released a press release Friday morning, May 9, stating it has identified the homicide victim found Sunday afternoon, May 4, at a Pettis County trailer park south of Sedalia. The victim has been identified as Mandy M. Black, a 35-year-old woman from Marshall.

According to Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond, deputies were called to the park around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after being alerted to possible remains by park maintenance workers. After the deputies found partial remains, they scoured and searched the area. Bond said a deputy at 6:30 p.m. located additional remains in a wooded area near the trailer.

Cadaver dogs, provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Search and Rescue Team, canvassed the area around Trailer No. 19 at Goodwill Chapel Trailer Park in the 26000 block of Goodwill Chapel Road Monday afternoon, May 5, but found no additional remains.

Mandy Black (Photo from Missouri Department of Corrections)

Bond confirmed to The Sedalia Democrat that Trailer No. 19 was the former residence of Joseph F. Arbeiter, who was arrested at the residence on April 30 and charged with attempted rape, sodomy, three counts of assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action. Arbeiter is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

According to the press release, Bond believes the homicide occurred around the first of this year.

However, Bond said he is not yet naming Arbeiter a suspect in the investigation as he is looking at other people as well.

Black was identified through positive confirmation of tattoos found on her body.

The press release concludes, "As deputies continue to investigate, Sheriff Kevin Bond urges anyone with information on the case to call Pettis County Crime Stoppers at 660-827-TIPS or the Sheriff's Office at 660-827-0052."

Information from The Sedalia Democrat and Associated Press contributed to this article.

Contact Jesse Brown at jbrown@marshallnews.com