Murder suspect dobbed in by friend asked to hide body thought to be missing nan

A Florida man suspected of murdering a missing woman and burying her in his backyard was turned over to police by a friend he'd asked to help bury a body.

Johnny Edwards Malisham, 60, was arrested in relation to the disappearance of Cynthia Hoover and is now facing homicide charges.

On Sunday police were tipped off by a woman who'd been friends with Malisham for 15 years.

Following the tipster's lead they found human remains in Malisham's garden, which they are now workin to identify.

The friend allegedly told the Butler County Sheriff's Office, Alabama that Malisham killed the 60-year-old woman with a hatchet and then buried her body under a burn pit behind his home near Milton, WEAR reported.

The woman told investigators Malisham asked her to be a lookout while he buried the body, and threatened her if she refused – but as soon as she heard him dragging the body she fled the scene to report him.

The witness said the suspect drove Hoover’s car to I-10 and abandoned it, throwing her car keys in a river nearby.

He had called her to ask for a ride home, but when she refused he called another friend.

Authorities found the car, ransacked by the side of the road on Interstate 10, two days after the incident.

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Mrs Hoover's daughter April Grillo, who is originally from Florida but is now based in Perth, had issued an urgent appeal to find her mum after she mysteriously vanished in March.

The heavily pregnant woman was due to have her baby at any moment when she was no longer able to make contact with her mum and a missing person report was filed.

She posted to social media: "My family has been searching for her days. No one seems to know anything.

"Trying to navigate through this extremely difficult time [has been] a learning curve I hope you never have to experience.

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"We just want her to come home safely. Please keep my family in your thoughts. And please speak up if you know anything. I’d be so grateful."

Police had been searching through bank/phone records and highway camera footage to try and find a trace of Ms Hoover.

Malisham remains in the Santa Rosa County Jail as investigations continue.

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