Man accused of burning corpse appears in Rock County court



A cash bond of $100,000 is set for a 29-year-old Town of Porter man accused of hiding and destroying a corpse in a fire pit at his rural Evansville home.  Nathan C. Middleton appeared in a Rock County courtroom Wednesday to face felony charges of hiding a corpse, and mutilating a corpse.  Court records indicate Middleton says he met 18-year-old Aprina Paul through a social network site, took her to his home for sex late last month, where he says she apparently died after consuming drugs.  He says he didn't know what to do with her because he was on probation.  Human remains were later found in a fire pit.  They've been sent to a Texas lab for testing, but authorities say it could take 12 weeks before anything further is known.  Authorities say, because of the extent of damage to the remains, the cause of death may never be determined.  Middleton will be back in court for a preliminary hearing in mid December.


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