Longview man’s body found in NV mineshaft

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Longview family who reported their father missing in December 2018 is mourning his loss after Nevada law enforcement found his body dumped in a mine shaft and then arrested his son-in-law.

James Dean Remster once lived in Longview but had been a resident of Tonopah, Nevada for some time. His Longview family could not get in touch with him and reported him missing to the Nye County Sheriff’s Department on December 19, 2018.

Jeremy Burch is charged with killing his father-in-law, James Remster, and dumping the body in a Nevada mineshaft. March 27, 2019 (Nye County, Nevada Sheriff's Department)

Investigators said Remster was known to stay with his daughter and son-in-law, Jeremy Burch. When detectives first spoke with Burch, he said he hadn’t seen his father-in-law since December 3 and believed he was catching a bus for Tennessee.

But after that interview, investigators learned Burch “hastily left Tonopah” for Amarillo, Texas. Authorities also said they learned Burch told people in January 2019 he killed Remster and dumped his body in mine shaft, then went to the bank and withdrew cash from Remster’s account.

Watch: Nye County Sheriff’s Department details investigation of James Remster death

On March 16, Nye County authorities found several blood stained items of clothing in a mine shaft along with Remster’s body.

When Burch was arrested in Amarillo, authorities said he and Remster’s ID and food stamp card.

Remster’s family in Longview is now trying to make arrangements to get to Nevada and pay for his cremation.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

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