A Somerset man has been charged with moving a deceased man’s body out of his apartment.
State police charged Michael Moore, 37, Stoystown Road, with abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating evidence, terroristic threats and intimidation of victims.
Moore is accused of moving the body of Frankie Allen Sass, 53, from his apartment to the Somerset Borough location where he was found.
Police started looking for Sass on Wednesday. An autopsy was conducted Monday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said the cause of death is pending investigation. He does not think foul play was involved.
State police said Sass is a known drug user who has disappeared in the past. On Sunday a man told police he was contacted by Moore and his girlfriend to help move Sass out of their apartment.
The man told police he was told Sass was drunk and unconscious, police said. Moore told the man if he said anything he would “dig a hole.”
Police interviewed Moore’s girlfriend, who said Sass showed up at their apartment and was later found dead, according to an affidavit. They contacted a friend, who helped carry the body into Sass’ vehicle. Moore and his girlfriend transported the body into Somerset Borough. They wiped down the truck, threw the keys inside and locked it, police said. The pair then walked back to the apartment.
No other charges have been filed in this incident.
Moore is being held in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 before District Judge Ken Johnson.