Two brothers on Monday were charged with murder in connection to the death of a Jacksonville woman earlier this month, officials said.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said Timothy Mark Putman, 33, and his brother Tony Lee Putman, 39, were each served a warrant on a murder charge in connection to the death, dismemberment and burning of 26-year-old Kelsey Abigail Williams.
Glencoe police and firefighters discovered Williams’ burned body after they responded to a trailer fire behind RJ’s gas station on U.S. 431 before 5 a.m. on June 2, former Glencoe police Chief Tim Diggs said earlier this month.
Diggs has since resigned from the Glencoe Police Department, Wade said. Efforts to reach Glencoe police on Monday were not immediately successful.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said Williams’ body had been dismembered and burned beyond recognition, and forensic experts had to use Williams’ teeth to identify her. According to the autopsy report, Williams died from blunt force trauma to the head, Brown said.
About a week after the initial discovery, a Wellington resident called police when he found a van at the edge of his property in the 1400 block of Pine Ridge Road. According to court records, Timothy Putman lived in the 1900 block of Pine Ridge Road.
The van matched the description of one Williams drove and that Glencoe police were searching for, Brown said. Inside, police found more burned human remains believed to be from Williams, Brown has said.
Diggs said earlier this month that police arrested one suspect on unrelated drug charges. According to Calhoun County Jail records, Timothy Putman was jailed on June 2, the day Williams’ remains were discovered. Putman remained in the jail on possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Williams and Putman had been in an ongoing relationship, the former chief said.
Despite an additional crime scene being discovered within the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, Wade said the case will remain with Glencoe police.
“The city of Glencoe received the 911 call, they receive tax money for that area, that’s why it’s their case and will remain their case,” Wade said.
Investigators with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office have assisted Glencoe’s lone police investigator, Wade said.
“My whole investigative division has been working on this case since the beginning,” Wade said. “Their investigator has been down with us, and we’ve given him our full support. We’ve helped with search warrants and to process several scenes. We carried him to the courthouse to sign those arrest warrants this morning.”
Wade said the brothers remained in the Calhoun County Jail on Monday, each with bond set at $500,000.