MOBILE, Ala. (AL.com) — Hours after the body of a woman was found buried in a 55 gallon drum beneath a porch, the man police said told them she would be there -- the son of a Wilmer woman missing since June 17 -- was charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.
In addition to the arrest of Susan Mayo's son, Nathaniel Sebastian, 32, Mayo's mother, 81-year-old Doris Clark was charged with obstruction of justice.
The two were charged Wednesday afternoon, not long after the Mobile County Sheriffs confirmed that their search for the missing 60-year-old might be at an end. MCSO Captain Paul Burch said investigators came to the home at 6135 Glenwood Way in Wilmer around noon on Wednesday.
"We came to conduct an additional search warrant specifically in the area of the front porch of the home," said Burch. "Once Nathaniel Sebastian realized we were about to look under the front porch he made a spontaneous statement that, "OK my mama's under the front porch. Y'all got me."
Burch said a Mobile District Attorney's Office prosecutor was at the scene when Sebastian made the statement. Over the course of five hours of digging underneath the front porch, investigators found a 55-gallon drum with a decomposed body inside.
"The drum contained the body of what appeared to be a female. That's about all we can tell at this point," said Burch.
Around 5:30 p.m., several members from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences loaded the drum containing the body into the back of a van.
Burch said investigators believe Sebastian may have got the idea to bury the body under the house from one of the 20th century's most notorious serial killers.
"One thing is that he claims to be a big fan of John Gacy, who was a serial killer and he in fact kept bodies of his victims underneath his house," said Burch.
Burch said when Mayo was reported missing on June 17, it was by another one of her children and not Sebastian.
"There had been about a week delay in her being reported missing," said Burch. "We believe so of that was at the behest of Sebastian so he could, I guess cover up his crime."