Criminal charges have been filed in a homicide case that stretched from New York City to Berks County.
Angelo Nesimi and William Formica were charged Monday with multiple counts in connection with the disappearance and death of Michael Stewart, who was last seen alive on Staten Island on December 20.
In the weeks that followed, New York City police investigators converged on Berks County for an extensive search of Stewart's remains at the Conestoga Landfill in New Morgan. That search was recently called off for safety concerns.
It's not clear if investigators found any evidence, but WABC-TV in New York reported that investigators never found any remains.
"Following a thorough investigation, defendant Angelo Nesimi has now been indicted for the killing of Michael Stewart," said Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon. "Additionally, Nesimi and co-defendant William Formica have also been charged with various felonies for drug possession and allegedly disposing of physical evidence over the course of a week in an attempt to cover up the homicide."
According to the indictment, Nesimi dumped the body and other evidence in a dumpster, and the contents of the dumpster went to different landfills.
Nesimi's attorney told WABC-TV that his client denies any involvement in Stewart's disappearance.