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Published October 3, 2018

Chicago man charged with murder

MILLER COUNTY – A Chicago man has been charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in June of this year.

On Monday June 11, the Miller County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) received information about human remains in a rural area of Miller County.

The MCSD, assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, launched an investigation into the incident.

After an autopsy was completed on Wednesday June 13, investigators identified the human remains as Tyler J. Worthington, 34, from the state of California. Worthington had been entered into the National Missing Persons Database.

The MCSD and the Division of Crime and Drug Control began working on more than 60 leads.

Based on information and witness statements gathered during the investigation, Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey issued an arrest warrant for Joseph P. McKenna of Chicago, Illinois.

McKenna was taken into custody without incident for the murder of Worthington and is being held on a $750,000 bond for 2nd degree murder and is awaiting extradition.

The MCSD did not release a photo of McKenna as of press time.

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