Man charged in slaying of woman whose remains found in Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in the slaying of a woman whose remains were found in several locations in northern Ohio in February, authorities said.

A Richland County grand jury indicted 53-year-old Walter Renz last month in Patsy Hudson’s death, but the indictment was sealed until the remains were identified this week. Hudson, 62, of Mansfield, was last seen in July.

County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page on Wednesday said she couldn’t release any details of the death or the investigation.

“We’re hopeful that these findings may ease their suffering by bringing about some closure with respect to Patsy Hudson’s death,” Couch Page said.

Renz and his girlfriend, Lisa Buckner, 57, were Hudson’s neighbors and were suspects in her disappearance. U.S. Marshals arrested them Feb. 4 at a roadside campground in Tennessee following a nationwide manhunt.

Renz was charged with 12 counts, including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and corpse abuse, and Buckner was indicted on 10 charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and corpse abuse.

Renz’s attorney said he had no immediate comment, and Buckner’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Renz and Buckner have been held in the Richland County Jail on receiving stolen property charges related to Hudson’s bank card.

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