STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The body of a missing man was found within the city limits of Potosi, Missouri in Washington County, Missouri and three people are charged in connection with his death.
Susan Armantrout, 41, is facing first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse charges. She is being held on $1 million cash-only bond.
Armantrout appeared in court in Ste. Genevieve on Monday, January 7.
She was appointed a public defender, but another attorney stood in with her.
The case was continued to February 4, 2019 in Ste. Genevieve County Court.
On Dec. 18, she pleaded not guilty to the charges in court.
On Wednesday, December 26, officials released charges for Anthony L. Skaggs, the stepson of Armantrout. Officials said his charges include the class E felony of abandonment of a corpse, after he allegedly knowingly disposed of Armantrout’s body without reporting the location of the body to law enforcement and tampering with evidence.
An application has been filed for a public defender. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.
He was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into the Ste. Genevieve County Detention Center.
Forty-one-year-old Angel Marie Senter of Park Hills was charged with the Class E felony of abandonment of a corpse in connection with the death of Aaron Armantrout. On Dec. 26, Ste. Genevieve officials released an amended complaint with the courts for the additional charge of tampering with evidence against Senter. Her bond was raised from $10,000 cash or surety to $25,000 cash or surety.
Senter allegedly assisted Susan Skaggs Armantrout, Aaron Armantrout’s wife, in moving his body to a storage facility in Potosi.
“We were actually able to get some information from her that led us to that direction of where he would have been located at, where we found him at," said Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Major Jason Schott. "And where was he located at? He was in a vehicle, in his vehicle, the BMW we were looking for in a storage unit in the city limits of Potosi.”
According to court documents, on Friday, Dec. 14, at around 8:27 a.m., Aaron Armantrout told a deputy his wife, Susan, had been making death threats toward him for the last few months.
Officers say he declined to file a formal complaint despite the deputy’s encouraging him to do so.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, around 12:02 p.m., a deputy talked to a family member of Aaron Armantrout’s who told him Aaron had been having problems with his wife. He told the deputy that Aaron was supposed to meet with a family member on Friday evening but never did.
According to court documents, when other family members went to Aaron Armantrout’s house to look for him on Saturday morning, they said he wasn’t there and his BMW car was also gone.
On Saturday, as officers searched Aaron’s home, they say they encountered a strong odor of cleaning chemicals, which was stronger in the master bedroom.
According to court documents, the door to the master bedroom was locked and after picking the lock, officers say they found an area on the floor that appeared to have been recently cleaned. They say the also found cleaning chemical containers in the adjoining bathroom.
Officers say it was unclear at that time where Susan Armantrout was and they started searching for both of them.
On Dec. 16, Susan Armantrout was found at an acquaintance’s home and detained in Bonne Terre, Mo.
According to court documents, Susan confessed to the homeowner that she shot and killed her husband.
Susan Armantrout was taken into custody and taken to the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents, while in jail, she asked to speak to an investigator. According to court documents, she allegedly confessed she had shot and killed her husband and hid his body in the BMW’s trunk and placed the car in a storage shed in Potosi.
“It’s always difficult when a family loses a family member," Schott said. "Especially to murder. Even more difficult when it’s around Christmas time where we’re at now. I would like to say that the sheriff’s office would like to extend our condolences to Aaron’s family and friends for their loss. It’s really important to close this case to give that family that closure to know that their loved one’s death did not go in vain and we are actually able to hopefully find the person that allegedly had committed the murder.”