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Man charged with burying human remains, using missing woman's credit card

Dayshaun Kent (Photo: Roanoke City Jail)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- A Roanoke man is now facing criminal charges of concealing a dead body.

Human skeletal remains were found in Roanoke on July 28 and prosecutors have said they strongly believe the case involves a woman who went missing in March.

The remains were found on Radford Rd., near Tinker Creek, the same road Edme Merle-Perez's and her boyfriend lived on; she was last seen March 3 and was reported missing later that month.

Dayshaun Keith Kent was indicted on charges of improper disposal of a body, credit card theft, and credit card fraud.

A search warrant showed Kent told officers he had used Merle-Perez's credit card after she disappeared.

Roanoke Police said they will be working with the Medical Examiner's Office to determine identification of the human remains.

According to the court's website, Kent did not have a court date set on the new charges, but he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the animal cruelty offenses on Sept. 12.

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