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Missing woman believed murdered by ex-boyfriend trying to silence her

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 12:33 p.m.

Ramona Childress, 27, has been missing for a year

A Spokane woman missing for a year is now believed dead and her former boyfriend is in jail facing murder charges.

Jason Flett, 27, is believed to have fatally stabbed Ramona Childress because he feared she would tell others about his alleged involvement in a series of home invasion robberies, according to the Spokane Police Department. Detectives were led by a confidential informant to a makeshift grave in rural Elk, Wash. and today are searching the site, located in the 17000 block of East Walters Road.

The victim, who was 27, was reported missing exactly one year ago today. Detectives had been asking the public for leads as to her whereabouts.

Police jailed Flett after 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to records. He’s facing assault charges in connection with an attack on his current girlfriend, authorities said.

Investigators received new information about the case about a month ago from the victim’s mother, which led them to a person that acknowledged having been involved in disposing of the missing woman’s body. The informant led them to the Elk property.

This story is developing and more information will be added as it is available.

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