“Darrell Willis alleged that Charles Swon claimed to have killed Joanna Anderson in a domestic dispute a few days earlier. Willis alleged that Swon asked him, Willis, to move a 55-gallon drum that contained the body of Anderson,” according to the probable cause statement.

A Morgan County woman reported missing in 2016 was allegedly murdered by her common law husband who died of cancer in July 2017, according to court documents.

Darrell Willis, 44, of Rocky Mount, 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 by her sister, Martha Mitchell, on May 17, 2016, according to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the probable cause statement.

Mitchell told police she had not heard from Anderson in several weeks, but had spoken with Charles Steven Swon, the common law husband of Anderson, who allegedly stated he had also not seen Anderson in several weeks.

Morgan County Sherriff’s Office began an investigation into Anderson’s appearance shortly afterward with negative results. According to the court document, Anderson and Swon lived at 26966 Highway Y in Morgan County.

After “acting on information received by a concerned citizen,” Willis was brought into the MCSO for questioning on September 5, 2017. In a post-Miranda interview, according to the document, Willis alleged that sometime in May of 2016 he met with Swon at Swon’s residence on Highway Y.

Willis told police he had known Swon through his late father and had performed maintenance and yard work for Swon for several years, developing a social relationship with him and Anderson.

“Darrell Willis alleged that Charles Swon claimed to have killed Joanna Anderson in a domestic dispute a few days earlier. Willis alleged that Swon asked him, Willis, to move a 55-gallon drum that contained the body of Anderson,” according to the probable cause statement.

The interviewing officer wrote that it should be noted Swon had been diagnosed with terminal cancer at this time, and Willis alleged Swon stated to him “that he did not want to spend his final days in jail.”

Willis alleged that Swon had paid him approximately $2,000 for helping him move the drum.

Deputies discovered the remains of a woman in a 55-gallon drum on Sept. 5, 2017 off of Red Arrow Road in Rocky Mount after Willis traveled with a deputy to the alleged dump site and indicated it as a blue drum in the woods around a collected waste area of cut boat dock foam. MSCO had priorly obtained a search warrant to open the drum before uncovering the remains.

On September 6, 2017, 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.

That same day Willis underwent another post-Miranda interview with MCSO detectives in which he alleged that in addition to moving the drum with Anderson’s remains, he also disposed of her false teeth in a trash can at a local gas station on the same day the drum was moved.

Willis further alleged that he assisted Swon in destroying Anderson’s vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle allegedly had blood in the trunk of the car, Willis alleged Swon had told him. The two men took the vehicle from Swon’s address to a local scrap yard to be crushed, according to the the interview with police.

“It should be noted that Charles Swon died from caner in July of 2017,” the probable cause statement concluded. “It should further be noted during the earlier investigation Swon alleged to law enforcement that a pistol and large amount of money had been stolen from him.”

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.