Pair accused of lying about missing Piqua woman found dead in Shelby County

A man and woman are accused of lying about the whereabouts of a missing Piqua woman who was later found dead by the side of a road in Shelby County.

Julie Jenkins, 43, and Danel King, 51, are both facing one count of obstructing, according to Miami County court records. King also was charged with one count of possession of criminal tools.

Piqua detectives on May 17 found the body of 40-year-old Charlenea O’Neal outside Port Jefferson in Shelby County.

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Credit: Miami County Jail

Credit: Miami County Jail

O’Neal had been reported missing but it is not clear what caused her death.

While investigating O’Neal’s disappearance, officers arrested Jenkins and King on preliminary drug and obstruction charges.

King and Jenkins are accused of preventing police from finding O’Neal and lying about her location, according to court records. King reportedly used his vehicle to transport her body and then left her on the side of the road.

King pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday and his bond was set at $25,000, according to court documents. Jenkins pleaded not guilty Thursday. Her bond was set at $1,000.

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