Authorities Discuss Investigation Into Missing Woman

  • 2/12/2016 1:04:48 PM
  • Greg Heindel
  • Local News

The investigation into the disappearance and presumed murder of 62-year-old Patsy Hudson of Spring Street in Mansfield continues slowly and deliberately.

Authorities involved in the case held a news conference this morning to discuss the arrests of 53-year-old Walter Renz and 57-year-old Linda Buckner, who lived next door to Hudson. 

They're charged with Receiving Stolen Property, accused of using Hudson's credit card in multiple states before they were found in Tennessee.

Still unidentified body parts were found in three rural areas of northern Richland County last weekend.

Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch-Page said "both have provided statements to law enforcement that allege criminal acts that include a horrific crime committed against a defenseless victim.  Information received to date appears to support that Miss Hudson was violently killed, dismembered, and discarded in various locations in Richland County.  This community has not seen such a cold, calculated, and depraved crime in some time.  As the investigation is ongoing, the prosecutor's office still does not have the entire criminal file, and likely will not have it for some time.  We do no have a confirmed identity with respect to our victim and until that is confirmed, we don't know exactly what additional charges will be charged".  

And while investigators will take the necessary time to build a solid case, they intend to hold  those responsible for Hudson's disappearance and presumed murder accountable. 

Couch-Page said "a long time ago, I made a choice to commit to fight for victims of these sorts of crime.  I believe the single most important thing that we have to look at today is that we seek justice for this family and for Patsy Hudson".

Renz and Buckner are in the Richland County Jail on $250,000 bonds as they await grand jury consideration of charges against them, possibly including murder. 

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