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Man connected with decomposing body appears before judge

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ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) -- A woman, missing for months, is believed to have been found in woods near the property where her son lives. Now he's in police custody, facing a slew of charges police said are connected to her disappearance.

The Adams County District Attorney is charging Larry Clark with seven felonies. He emphasizes Clark has not been charged with homicide, but police believe Clark knows much more than he initially told police.

Larry Clark already up for bail, appeared before a judge. He was arrested Tuesday morning after police questioned him about his mother Marcella's disappearance.

"The defendant's mother, Marcella -- turned 80 years old, I believe earlier this month -- has been missing since the end of June," said Adams County District Attorney Mark Thibodeau.

Investigators claim Clark told them his mother was with his sister. But police said that wasn't the case. Deputies found a woman's remains on Clark's Big Flats property. They said the clothes that were draped on the body matched those Marcella was last seen wearing.

"There was some other things that were taking place that led us to believe there were other crimes being involved in regards to this missing person," said Adams County Sheriff Darrell Renner.

Detectives believe Clark was using his mother's identity for financial gain. He's been charged with identity theft, forging checks and using her credit card.

"The state recognizes that these charged offences are property offences, but the elephant in the room is that we have human remains that were found a short distance from the residence of the defendant at 1106 Beaver Avenue, approximately 40 feet and approximately 4 feet into a tree line," said Thibodeau.

The district attorney said Clark has not been charged with murder, but an autopsy is being conducted on the body to determine how the woman died. The DA said more charges may follow.

The judge ordered Clark held on $70,000 bail. He's been told not to have contact with his siblings or with the neighbors who reported his mother missing. Clark will be back in court on Monday.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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