An Allentown man has been charged with homicide and other offenses in the death of a Tamaqua woman whose body was discovered in Carbon County last Saturday.
Anthony Darrell Heath was charged Friday with homicide, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, access device fraud, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Crews fighting a brush fire Saturday morning found human remains in the 600 block of Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe.
The victim later was identified as 35-year-old Angela M. Steigerwalt, who had last been seen alive when she left work at Kraft Foods in Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co., at about 11 p.m on Jan. 31.
Pennsylvania State Police allege that Heath killed Steigerwalt in Allentown.
Here's how police caught Heath, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Bethlehem and Lehighton:
At about 10:48 a.m. on Saturday, state police were dispatched to assist the Jim Thorpe Police Department with the investigation of a burned body that had been found in the area of 600 Flagstaff Rd. in Jim Thorpe.
Metal wire had been wrapped around the victim’s neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.
A Walmart shopping bag located near the body contained a receipt dated Feb. 1, 2014, and was time stamped 5:44 a.m.
The receipt indicated that a plastic tote, lighter fluid and a lighter had been purchased at the Walmart at 1091 Mill Creek Rd. in Lower Macungie Township.
Troopers viewed surveillance from the store and saw a male make the transaction in which those items were purchased with cash. Immediately after that transaction, the same male purchased clothing and jewelry using the victim’s credit card.
Video surveillance from outside the store showed the male operating a silver sedan. The investigation determined that the victim owned a silver sedan that had been missing.
The vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center stolen vehicle file and was located in Kinston, N.C. Officers from the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina and the Kinston Police Department stopped the vehicle and detained the operator, who was identified as Heath.
The Wilson, N.C., Police Department assisted with the collection of evidence.
Also assisting in the investigation were the Tamaqua Police Department, Allentown Police Department, Carbon County Coroner’s Office and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.
Heath, who initially was charged with the theft of the vehicle, waived extradition on Thursday and was returned to Carbon County.
Heath, 24, of 506 W. Chew St., second floor rear, Allentown, is to be taken to Lehigh County from Carbon County on Friday. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Lehigh County Central Booking and committed without bail to the Lehigh County Prison.