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Bone fragments found in Ripley County, 2 charged with murder

Michael Harris (Source: Doniphan PD) Michael Harris (Source: Doniphan PD)
Matthew Bruce (Source: Doniphan PD) Matthew Bruce (Source: Doniphan PD)
(Source: Doniphan PD) (Source: Doniphan PD)

Two people are facing murder charges after skeletal remains were found on a property in Ripley County.

According to court documents, Michael Harris and Matthew Bruce admitted to shooting and killing Jonathan Tarvin.

Tarvin was reported missing on April 26, 2016.

The person that reported him missing told investigators he was last seen with Harris and Bruce.

In the probable cause statement, a witness told Ripley County Chief Deputy Richie Phillips that Jama and Michael Harris called the sheriff's department and asked that they respond to remove Tarvin from Jama Harris' mother's home because he was a sex offender.

Phillips reported that Michael Harris called back and said he did not want Tarvin living with his mother-in-law. He reportedly told investigators "I will take care of it myself."

Court documents show that no one has seen or heard from Tarvin since he was last seen with Harris and Bruce on April 26.

On August 30, witnesses told investigators about a fight between Tarvin, Harris, and Bruce. It allegedly happened at a home on Highway 21 South near Doniphan.

The witnesses said the fight was about Tarvin being a sex offender and that he staying with Harris' mother-in-law, according to Phillips' report.

When Harris and Bruce were interviewed, they allegedly told investigators that they were, in fact, responsible for Tarvin's homicide.

Phillips' report said, "Harris told investigators that Bruce shot Tarvin with a shotgun and Bruce said Harris shot Tarvin with a pistol."

The men reportedly told investigators they used a 4-wheeler to drag Tarvin's body to a "wood slab pile" and then set the wood pile on fire.

Investigators found bone fragments in the burn pile.

Bruce and Harris both face charges of murder 1st degree, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, and abandonment of a corpse.

Both men are being held without bond.

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