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Man Charged With Murder After Remains Found

March 11, 1992 GMT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) _ A man was jailed on murder charges after a report of a dog gnawing on a severed hand led to the discovery of remains stashed in a refrigerator, buried around a yard and burned in a bonfire at a farmhouse.

″It’s the worst thing I’ve seen in 13 years,″ said District Attorney Carl Fox.

The remains could be from more than one person, Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass said Tuesday. The search was to continue today.

David Allen Sokolowski, 35, who lived in the house, was charged with murder in the death of Rubel Hill, 35. Hill sometimes worked with Sokolowski, a roofer, officials said. He had been missing for several days.

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Curtis Bauer, 31, was jailed on charges of being an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping to dispose of the remains.

Investigators went to the house outside Hillsborough on Monday after Bauer said that during a visit to Sokolowski’s home he saw a dog chewing on a hand, Fox said.

Remains were found in a refrigerator, other body parts were hidden around the yard and bones had been burned in the bonfire, Pendergrass said. Authorities found bloody clothing that could be from a man and a woman, he said.

Sokolowski’s live-in girlfriend, Pamela Owens Elwood, 42, was reported missing by her parents several weeks ago, Pendergrass said.

A medical examiner determined that a skull found in the bonfire had been shot with a pistol, Pendergrass said. The portion of an upper body found in the fire was riddled with buckshot, he said.