St. Joseph Man Charged in Death of Woman Found in Wooden Box

St. Joseph Man Charged in Death of Woman Found in Wooden Box

Martin Lee Williams, 51, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Tangela Fisher.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph man is in custody, accused in the death of Tangela Fisher, the 35-year-old woman found inside a wooden box in Platte County.

The Buchanan County prosecutor's office filed charges against Martin Lee Williams, 51, Thursday, including a class C felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and a class D felony charge of abandonment of a corpse.

According to the probable cause statement, Williams and Fisher were last together on Sept. 5 at his home in the 400 block of N. 17th Street in St. Joseph.

That is where detectives say Williams prepared a syringe containing a controlled substance for himself and Fisher.

A statement from Brett Kelley, a St. Joseph police officer, says Williams injected Fisher with the drugs and she became unresponsive.

Instead of calling for medical assistance, the statement alleges Williams built a wooden box and placed Fisher's body inside before taking it to a remote location in northern Platte County.

Someone found the box last week, with Fisher's body inside, and contacted authorities.

According to court documents, Williams has an extensive criminal history, including a warrant on file for burglary out of California.

He was also on parole in Kansas and was not to be living outside of the state.

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