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Police: Pair helped hide man's body

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, 12:00 p.m.

Allegheny County police charged a Brentwood woman and a Carrick man with helping a murder suspect dispose of the body of a Coraopolis man killed in September.

Heather Ehmann, 23, of Lawnview Drive, and Timothy Debold Jr., 20, of Maytide Street, face hearings before Oakdale District Justice Lee G. Peglow on Dec. 17. Police charged Ehmann on Monday with abuse of a corpse, conspiracy and corruption of a minor, and Debold with abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.

According to an affidavit of probable cause - a court document that spells out the reason police filed charges - Ehmann told detectives she, Debold and a 17-year-old helped her boyfriend, Brad Jones, 24, wrap up the body of Darryl Spencer.

Another woman told police Jones fatally shot Spencer, 23, in a North Fayette hotel room on Sept. 1.

Ehmann, who was sleeping in the room at the of the shooting, said she picked up the 17-year-old, whom police did not identify because of his age, and Debold after the shooting, the affidavit states. They went back to the hotel room and helped carry Spencer's body to a car in a duffle bag, the affidavit states.

The four then drove to the Banksville area of Pittsburgh and dumped Spencer's body in the woods behind a business, the affidavit states. A jogger found Spencer's decaying body on Sept. 11.

During an arraignment on Monday, Peglow released Ehmann and Debold on their own recognizance. The 17-year-old has not been charged, but police said they will likely do so soon.

Jones was arrested in October and is awaiting a trial on charges he killed Spencer after the two committed a robbery in Coraopolis.

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