An autopsy conducted at the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office in Columbia revealed the dismembered remains were that of an adult female. The head and hands of the body had been removed and were not present in the barrel, according to the press release.

A Rocky Mount man has been charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence after allegedly admitting to helping dispose of the remains of a Morgan County woman.

Joanna L. Anderson, 54, of Rocky Mount was reported missing on May 17, 2016, according to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. That investigation is still considering ongoing as the remains of an adult female recovered off of Red Arrow Road in Rocky Mount have not yet been positively identified as Anderson.

Deputies discovered the remains of a woman in a 55-gallon drum on Sept. 5, 2017 after Darrell Willis, 44, of Rocky told investigators earlier in the day that he had helped transport and dispose of Anderson’s remains in a 55-gallon drum. Willis had been brought in for questioning.

An autopsy conducted at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia revealed the dismembered remains were that of an adult female. The head and hands of the body had been removed and were not present in the barrel, according to the press release. A positive identification of the remains as Anderson has not been made at this time.

On Sept. 7, 2017, Willis was charged in Morgan County Circuit Associate Circuit with one count of abandonment of a corpse, Class D felony; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence, Class D felony. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash or surety.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected, according to the press release.