Missing woman found in backyard identified

We have new details this afternoon in the St. Martin murder case that happened on February 14th.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Sarah Jane Willard was found buried in the backyard on Sweetbriar Street.

Willard was last seen in South Florida in October 2019. Sheriff Mike Ezell says Willard met 54-year-old Phillip York online. Investigators, along with the FBI Task Force, found evidence that led to York’s home.

York remains jailed and is charged with murder on a $250,000 bond along with a $100,000 bond of being in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Willard’s autopsy was performed Tuesday and results are pending.

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