Body of missing Virginia woman found in trash can

Michael Kerlin has been charged with unlawful concealment of a dead body.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — York County deputies arrested a man in connection with a body that was found in a trash can near a Newport News business over the weekend.

Michael Kerlin has been charged with unlawful concealment of a dead body.

Deputies say someone found the body of a 46-year-old female inside a trash can and called it a suspicious death. A spokesperson for the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office said they believe it is related to the case of missing 46-year-old Michelle Hull.

Lt. Dennis Ivey from the Sheriff’s Office told 10 On Your Side family members filed a missing persons case for Hull over the weekend. Her family told authorities that they last saw her on May 5.

Deputies had planned to search the area around 500 Muller Lane — near the Dixie Fuels company building — on Sunday.

Before York County Deputies could get there, someone stumbled across a trash can with the body of a woman inside.

Investigators taped off the one-story building and collected evidence at the scene Sunday. A spokesperson said officers connected it to the York County missing person investigation within hours.

York County deputies detained Michael Kerlin, owner and president of Dixie Fuels, in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 8 on a public intoxication charge.

Capt. Troy Lyons with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says Kerlin was a person of interest in missing persons case of Hull as of Saturday, May 7.

Kerlin is due in court for a preliminary hearing on July 5.

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