Authorities: 2nd body in southern Ore. ranch slayings identified
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) Authorities said Monday the Oregon State Police Crime Lab has identified the remains of the second person found on a ranch in southern Oregon, months after the ranch's owner was charged in the death.
They were those of Stephen Frank Delicino, 59, who worked as a handyman on the 20-acre property, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.
Ranch owner Susan Monica is already charged with killing Delicino in 2012, though he was listed as an unidentified victim in court papers pending positive identification. She is also charged with killing another handyman, 56-year-old Robert Haney, last year.
Investigators found the men's remains when they went to Monica's Rogue River ranch in January to investigate the improper use of Haney's food stamp card. The discovery prompted a search for additional victims; investigators dug more than 50 holes but did not find any.
Prosecutors say both men were shot in the head and dismembered, and that Monica made incriminating statements that were supported by physical evidence.
Pigs Monica kept on the farm have been euthanized. A former resident of the property has said he saw Monica feed dead house pets and livestock to the pigs.
Monica, a welder, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and identity theft. She is being held in the Jackson County Jail, and she has sent letters to the Mail Tribune newspaper complaining about the food and living conditions.
The case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Sept. 8.