Recently the body of Charles “Charlie” McBride was found burned and buried on a site near Morgan Creek in rural Custer County where he and a man named Benjamin J. Savage worked.  Savage called authorities from Pennsylvania a few days ago telling them he knew where McBride's body was and he also knew what had happened.

Savage told authorities where to find the body and indeed they did.  He also told them that both he and McBride were working like normal that day.  McBride was working at the wood pile and Savage in the shop.  While in the shop Savage said he heard a loud bang and ran outside to see a woman standing there and McBride laying dead on the ground from a gunshot wound.

Authorities have not named the identity of this woman and say she has not been charged with any crime.  Through their investigation, it is believed that Savage and McBride were alone on February 25, 2019, and authorities believe Savage acted alone in killing, burning, and burying McBride's body.  What the motive is... nobody knows.

Custer County Prosecuting Attorney Justin B. Oleson filed a motion to seal the murder case saying that because this case is still under investigation and contains...

very graphic and sensitive information the public should not know the details. Plus, unnecessary media attention may contaminate the potential jury pool in Custer County

Magistrate Judge James H. Barrett has agreed to seal this case meaning little to no information from this point on will be released.

Savage has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.  Here's his past criminal history according to East Idaho News...

  • He was charged Dec. 6 for misdemeanor domestic assault for a fight that allegedly occurred on Nov. 24. Savage pleaded not guilty, and on March 11 — two weeks after McBride was reported missing — Oleson filed a deferred prosecution agreement.
  • In January 2017, Savage pleaded guilty to misdemeanor malicious injury to property. Oleson, who is now prosecuting Savage, served as his defense attorney. Barrett sentenced Savage to one year of probation with 180 days of suspended jail time.
  • Oleson also defended Savage in a January 2015 case when Savage was found guilty of misdemeanor inattentive driving. Barrett sentenced him to one year of probation with a suspended 90-day jail sentence.
  • Before 2015, Savage was convicted on numerous charges in multiple counties including fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, Fish and Game violations and underage drinking violations, according to court documents.
  • Savage is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on the murder charge April 15 in Custer County.

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