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Man pleads guilty to concealing body, animal cruelty

Edme Merle-Perez disappeared in March

ROANOKE, Va. – A Roanoke man could spend the next 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to concealing a dead body and animal cruelty.

Dayshaun Kent was charged after human remains were found on Radford Road last July.

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Prosecutors say evidence presented Wednesday morning indicated the body was that of Edme Merle-Perez, who disappeared last March.

Kent was not charged in her death because an autopsy on the skeletal remains could not determine how she died.

Kent also admitted to killing Merle-Perez's two cats.

He will be sentenced in April.


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