The brother of a woman whose body was found buried in her own backyard has been charged with an open count of murder.

Officials say 47-year-old Gerard Jaramillo had been at a local hospital undergoing a mental evaluation since his sister's disappearance.

Garalyne Jaramillo had been missing since March 10.

Police say her body was found after a family member noticed a foot sticking up out of the ground Saturday.

Police were called to Jaramillo's house earlier last week when family members noticed some disturbed ground in the backyard. Searchers dug down to utility lines, but found nothing.

Police say Jaramillo lived with her brother.