Body of Montague County Woman Found

Published 11/19 2012 12:15PM

Updated 11/19 2012 06:30PM

Wise County Sheriff's Officials say a 29 year old man is now charged with murder after he led them to the body of a 28 year old missing Montague County woman. David Wayne Malone was charged with murder this morning and is being held in the Wise County jail on a two million dollar bond.

Officers say he led them to a shallow grave where they found the remains of a woman. They believe the body is Samantha McNorton of Sunset, who was last seen in a Runaway Bay store on November 2nd.

She was reported missing by her family last Tuesday. The body was found northeast of Decatur early yesterday. Positive I.D. has not been made but authorities say the body had tattoos similar to McNorton's. Investigators believe Malone was the last person seen with McNorton.

Malone has a lengthy record in several area counties including numerous charges of aggravated assault on family members.

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