A woman has been charged with murder of her own biological teenage daughter this week. The almost completely burnt down remains of the girl were discovered near a burn pit very close to her home.
Rebecca Ruud of Ozark County, Missouri, has reportedly been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. The woman has also been charged with tampering with physical evidences. Besides, she has also been charged for abandoning a dead body without actually notifying authorities.
Officials claim have identified the teenager as 16-year-old Savannah Leckie of Minnesota.
Officials claim that the burnt down corpse discovered on Aug. 4 on Ruud’s farm were identified as those of Leckie. The girl has reportedly been missing for around a month. Newspaper reports claim that the 16-year old girl had gone to live with her biological mom last year.
Ozark County sheriff, Darrin Reed told the media that the burnt down body of the girl was found in a burn pit very close to the trailer and metal structure where she was living while in Ruud’s care.
Rebecca Ruud was arrested from a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Missouri. Sheriff said that when the woman was arrested by the sheriff’s deputies, she was trying to board a bus that was set to leave the town.
Meanwhile the people who had brought her up as her adoptive parents are shattered beyond imagination. Tamile Montague of Minneapolis and David Leckie of Park Rapids, Minnesota, who are now divorced and live separately are finding it hard to believe the news of her murder by her own biological mother. “We are grieving for the loss of our loved one,” they were quoted by the Ozark County Times reports.
Meanwhile Ruud is being held in the Ozark County jail. Reports suggest that the woman Ruud reported a fire on July 18 on the property where she and her now-husband live in Theodosia, a village of about 250 people near Missouri’s southern border with Arkansas. She told fire officials she was burned trying to save the girl from the fire.
Merely two days later, the woman told the law enforcement agencies that her daughter had gone missing. But her statements were wayward and looked suspicious. Investigators also discovered human teeth, a meat grinder, a knife and 26 bottles of lye. It should be kept in mind that lye can be used to accelerate the breakdown of bodily tissue. Later, detectives also found bone fragments, apparently human, some distance away from her home.
The child was put for adoption immediately after her birth. She spent most of her life in Minnesota. Reports suggest that her adoptive mother, Tamile Leckie-Montague, asked Ruud late last eyar to take back the girl as she couldn’t adjust with her fiancé, Cary Steeves.