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Pennsylvania man charged in daughter-in-law's 1999 death

A criminal complaint filed by state police says a central Pennsylvania man has confessed to killing his daughter-in-law who was last seen in 1999, and led police to her remains on his property over the weekend.

Attorneys for 65-year-old Kenneth Leighty, of Altoona, didn't immediately return calls after he was arraigned and ordered jailed without bond in the death of Sherry Leighty.

Search warrants for the man's property in Huntingdon County show police suspected he had buried her there, and a complaint filed by state police Monday says Leighty confessed on Friday and helped investigators find the woman's remains on Saturday.

Leighty has been jailed since Altoona police tried to question him last month about Sherry Leighty's disappearance, but police said he instead fought with officers and was arrested.

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