An Independence, Missouri, woman has been charged with second-degree murder a year after a body was found on a rural road in Buchanan County.

Taylor Stoughton currently is being held without bond according to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday evening.

The charge comes after Stoughton was taken into custody in Independence, with the assistance of the city’s police, Kansas City Police Department and Lee’s Summit Police, a press release from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office stated.

Marcus Brooks who investigators believe is connected to the case was arrested in Independence Sunday evening after tips were received from citizens.

On Feb. 18, 2020, authorities found the body of Ariel Starcher inside a bag alongside a road near Faucett.

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