An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon on a body found in neighboring Lawrence County Monday evening.
State police believe the remains are that of missing Butler woman Melissa Barto.
“The crime scene was very horrific,” State Police Lt. Eric Hermick said Tuesday during a press conference. “There was substantial physical and forensic evidence at the scene. At this point, based on jewelry, clothing and other characteristics, we wholeheartedly believe it was Melissa.”
Three suspects have been arrested so far: 21-year-old Ishemer Ramsey of Lyndora, 23-year-old James Howard-George of Butler, and Joshua Bowser. Police believe Ramsey shot and killed Barto during an argument late last week and Howard-George helped Ramsey dispose of Barto’s body.
State police say more arrests could be coming.
“We’re going to make more arrests,” Lt. Hermick said. “We’re going to continue the background investigation on this.”
Police wouldn’t comment on why they believe the men disposed of the body in Neshannock Township, which is in the middle of Lawrence County just north of New Castle.