3 charged after remains of missing Minnesota man found in West Virginia

Updated: October 06, 2019 10:10 PM

West Virginia State Police have charged three people who are related after a missing Minnesota man was found.

A tip led investigators to a remote location in McDowell County, where they found a shallow grave in the Skygusty area with human remains.  An autopsy confirmed the identity as 38-year-old John Thomas McGuire. He's lived and raised a family in Owatonna for the past 20 years.


Sgt. C.K. McKenzie in Welch said McGuire didn't have ties to McDowell County. According to the criminal complaint, his date of death was listed as February 14th of this year.

That's about the same time, the last time, any of his relatives had contact with McGuire.

"I knew something had happened to my son, I just knew," said Karen Rae, his mother who lives in Alabama.

Angela Erickson, of Owatonna, had her suspicions, too. She filed a missing persons report with local police in June. Even though she and McGuire weren't a couple anymore, they continued to co-parent their kids.

"He had a big heart," Erickson told KSTP.

Within days of discovering McGuire, authorities arrested three suspects: 31-year-old Amanda Michelle Naylor McClure, of Chisago City, Minnesota, was McGuire's girlfriend, and her sister 32-year-old Anna Marie Choudhry, of Lincoln County. They were charged with concealment of a deceased human body. McKenzie said a male suspect, their father, was also arrested on an unrelated charge.

Justice McGuire is the daughter of John McGuire and Angela Erickson.

"I want to know why they did it?" said Justice Erickson, as she wiped away tears. "How could somebody do that to a human being who has a heart and family, then go about their day the next several months like they don't have a care in the world?" Angela added.

McGuire's mom said she wants the court to order the suspects "to write me a letter everyday saying I killed your son John Thomas McGuire and mail that letter to me in Alabama everyday so they won't forget him."

Relatives set up a fundraiser to help pay to bring his remains back to Minnesota and hold a ceremony in Owatonna.

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Beth McDonough

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