On Friday, July 28, investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of a rural Monroe County pond, in connection with the investigation into the 2021 disappearance of Betty L. Hayes, of Holliday, Missouri.

And at 2:40 p.m., members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team recovered human remains from the pond.

An autopsy of the remains will be performed at a later date.

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Then on Friday around 8:10 p.m., investigators arrested Lyle W. Miller, 65, of Madison, Mo., (northeast of Moberly) for the murder of Hayes. The Monroe County Prosecutor has formally charged Miller with second-degree murder, and he is being held without bond.

– The above charges are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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