William Thomas Embree
Jamey Charles Mallette
Rachel Rae Fremion, 33
(photo provided by Lexington County Sheriff's department)
West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- DNA analysis performed by SLED positively identified remains as those of 22-year-old Michael Jody George, missing since 2011.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department reports that the body was recovered from a hole in the ground in the woods near a Busbee Road home near Gaston. George was last seen alive at the Busbee Road home in December of 2011.
He was reported missing to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department on Christmas Day in 2011.
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Previous arrest warrants allege that sometime between 10PM on December 23rd and 5:30AM on December 24th of 2011, 35-year-old William Thomas Embree and 36-year-old Jamey Charles Mallette kidnapped George from Shooter's Bar on Charleston Highway near Cayce.
Rachel Rae Fremion of Pelion was placed under arrest on February 28th of this year, charging her with accessory after the fact to murder, for allegedly assisting in the clean-up of the "bloody mess" at the Busbee Road home following the murder.
George's body was discovered in a stand of woods behind Mallette's home on Busbee Road on December 17th of this year, and the Lexington County Coroner's Office, working with SLED investigators positively identified the remains as that of George using DNA analysis.
Detectives had previously recovered blood and DNA evidence at the Busbee Road home, which tests showed did belong to George.
Mallette is currently held without bond at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Embree is serving a six-year prison sentence, for an unrelated assault and battery charge, at the McCormick Correctional Institute in McCormick, SC.
Following her arrest on February 28th, Fremion posted a $50,000 bond and was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on March 1st of this year.