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On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported they found the body of a 79-year-old murdered woman believed to be Annie Flowers, on Monday evening. A relative of hers phoned authorities and told them they had not been able to contact her for two weeks. When initially asked, Austin Steybe said he had no idea where his grandmother was. However, investigators found suspected evidence in his grandmother’s residence to search the home further and question the young man, which led them to locate the body.
According to Capt. Joseph Wells, who did not see the body, the woman’s body may have been there for quite some time. Wells would not say what was found in the home to make them suspect a murder had taken place. However, he did say that it was evident a conflict had happened, and it led them to suspect foul play with the grandson as a suspect in the case. There was enough evidence for Steybe to be charged with first-degree murder. Currently, officials are awaiting DNA test results before they can officially name Flowers as the victim.
The blue 1997 Honda Odyssey LX van belonging to Flowers has not been located. Authorities state it has a handicap plate with the number YJ84C and a dent on the rear driver’s side. Detectives have asked anyone with information about the missing vehicle or the case to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801.
By Katherine Miller
Edited by Cathy Milne
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