Arrest carried out after the discovery of possible human remains under residence in Louisiana

AMITE, La. (BRPROUD) – In April of this year, the Amite Police Department asked the public to keep an eye out for 59-year-old Angela Stearns.

Nearly three months after the request was sent, detectives believe they have found the remains of the missing woman.

Last month, the police department received a tip that human remains could possibly be found under a house.

Detectives attended the home located in the 300 block of South Third St.

“Once detectives entered the unoccupied residence, they observed that the flooring had recently been replaced,” according to the Amite Police Department.

APD says the soil was removed and detectives then dug up the soil.

It was then that detectives discovered the possible remains of Angela Stearns.

The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office is working to confirm the identity of the human remains.

The 59-year-old had been missing for over a year when her alleged remains were discovered under the house.

Joanna Phelps, 39, of Amite was arrested and taken to Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

Phelps remains behind bars and is charged with first degree murder and failure to report the commission of certain crimes.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department and Louisiana Search and Rescue assisted the Amite City Police Department in this case.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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