2:15 PM

Military police officers have taken over the investigation of the murder of a woman found in a vacant house near Niangua early yesterday morning.

Officers with the Webster County Sheriff's office and the Missouri Highway Patrol contacted the owner of the property and told her they had a search warrant for her property in the northeastern part of Webster County. The woman says that cops told her that someone had confessed to stabbing Myria Silva, and hiding her body on the property of the vacant farmhouse.

The investigation was quickly turned over to The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Leonard Wood when it was determined that the alleged suspect in Silva's death was a soldier stationed at the post.

Court documents and an evidence report posted on the front of the house state that investigators removed a body, and recovered some rope, a shovel, some comforter type of material and a grill from the house/and property.

Authorities are remaining tight lipped about their suspect. They will only say "that a soldier stationed at Fort Leonard Wood is being held as a suspect in the woman's death."

Friends and family members say that Myria Silva was from Granite City, Illinois; and was the mother of two little girls. The Army Posts website says that she and her husband, Benjamin (Benji), had a little girl last December.
Pfc. Benjamin Silva is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. Myria Silva was living at the post while her husband was deployed with The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Iraq.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, and family members, who wish to remain anynomous, are having a hard time even getting a chance to view their loved ones remains. I have been told that authorities are awaiting the return of Pfc. Benjamin Silva's return from Iraq tomorrow afternoon to make the formal identification of his wife.
Note to the person who was sending me Myria's picture....for some reason it did not come through. Would you mind resending it to :


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Kathee Baird said...

No matter what she was doing, she didn't deserve this. No one does. She has family and friends that love her and will forever have to live with the brutality of what happened to Myria.

I appreciate your comment, but, out of respect for Myria's family I feel like I just shouldn't put it up. I hope you understand.


Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, here is a tribute website that we have created in remembrance of Myria. Please feel free to visit and share your stories and memories of Myria. Finally, you can also light a candle for her.

Anonymous said...

myria was a very sweet girl she will be sadly missed by friends and family my prayes go out for her children and her family