ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Maryland man has been charged with stabbing a woman to death in her car and later burying her body in eastern Pennsylvania.

Twenty-year-old Caleb Barnes of Fort Meade, Maryland, is charged in Lehigh County with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and statutory sexual assault.

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Authorities said police found a parked vehicle in South Whitehall Township with a large pool of blood inside at about 4:15 a.m. Monday. Police said the car later disappeared, but officers noticed that dirt had been disturbed and found the body of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek buried.


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Two men and a 14-year-old girl at the Upper Macungie Township home of the car’s owner were questioned, and Barnes was arrested. His attorney, public defender Richard Webster, didn’t’ immediately return a call seeking comment.

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