The state medical examiner’s office has confirmed the body found in a shallow grave earlier this week in Seminole County are those of a missing Seminole woman.


The state medical examiner’s office has confirmed the body found in a shallow grave earlier this week in Seminole County are those of a missing Seminole woman.
Authorities suspected the victim was Veronica Carlson, 33, who had been missing since Oct. 13.
Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, confirmed Carlson’s identity Friday. She said cause of death has been ruled “sharp force injuries,” with manner of death ruled a homicide.
Two suspects were arrested in connection with the case earlier this week, but no charges have yet been filed.
Marilee Ann Smotherman, 32, and Brian Gober, were arrested in the case Tuesday.
A first-degree murder arrest warrant filed for Smotherman shows police interviewed a woman who said Smotherman asked her to go out to a track of land, where Smotherman was going to beat up Veronica Carlson, 33.
The warrant also shows police also interviewed Gober, Smotherman’s reported fiancé, who told officers that Smotherman wanted him to pick up Carlson, Gober’s ex-girlfriend, and bring her to the secluded area so she could beat her up for “messing around” with Gober.
The affidavit shows Gober told authorities he saw Smotherman stab Carlson several times.
Gober, who stated he felt for a pulse and didn’t find one, according to the affidavit, said Smotherman told him bury the body. He reportedly dug a hole, placed her in it and cut her throat, the affidavit reads.
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