Body of former Mabel man found buried in son's yard
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:46 AM
According to several news agency in Oregon, it has been determined that the body of former Mabel and Harmony resident, Charles Owen Starks, was discovered buried in a Port Orford, Ore., trailer park.
Authorities were alerted to the situation when the owner of Anchor Inn RV Park discovered human remains, including a skull, buried in the trailer park on March 11 of this year, almost exactly three years after Charles died. Craig Lundborg recently purchased the land and removed Starks' home from the site. In the process of clearing the lot, workers discovered the human bones.
As reported by Curry Coastal Pilot, Lundborg contacted the Port Orford Police to report the discovery.
The Curry County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Starks' son, Corey Theodore Starks, for second-degree abuse of a corpse. The Associated Press reported that U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said in a government motion Corey Starks should be detained as a flight risk. Acquaintances quoted in the motion reportedly described Starks as "paranoid" and "unstable." He was arrested in Walker, Minn., on April 14.
According to court paperwork, Corey Starks told investigators his father, 71-years-old at the time, died after a seizure in March of 2010, and admitted that he buried the body in a shallow grave near his trailer. The documents said video and bank records showed he got money from his father's Social Security checks, deposited in a joint account.
Authorities continue to investigate the cause of Charles Starks' death. The remains have been submitted for an autopsy, reconstruction and positive DNA identification. The results of the testing will determine whether authorities charge Corey Starks criminally for causing his father's death.
Corey Starks is currently jailed in Cass County, Minn. He will face federal charges for collecting and spending his father's Social Security checks. Authorities are unsure if or when he will be extradited to Oregon to face charges connected with burying his dad under the house.
The Associated Press reported that Starks does have a May court date in Oregon.