“I am having car trouble and I have a body in the trunk”: Police link Missouri suspect to murder using a text message

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Missouri man Edward Weaver allegedly texted his friend for help after police say he murdered a man who'd stolen his pills

BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. — A Missouri man is behind bars after police found a dead body in the trunk of a car and a text message on the suspect’s phone that asked a friend for help with a corpse.

Police say Edward Weaver texted a photo of the body of Norman Jones in the trunk of Jones’ car to his friend.

The accompanying message read: ‘I am having car trouble and I have a body in the trunk.’

Police in Butler County discovered Jones’ bound body in the abandoned car on Thursday. It showed evidence of strangulation, reports CNN.

Jones had last been seen alive on Aug. 22. His wife reported him missing Wednesday.

Authorities interviewed witnesses who claimed Weaver believed Jones had stolen pills from him.

According to a police affidavit, Edwards had also texted his father: ‘Dad, I may not see you for a while. I did what I had to do.’

Authorities are also in search of a woman named Amber McDannald, who is a person of interest in the case.