Two more people remained in custody Monday after the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested them Friday in connection with last week's gunshot slaying of 22-year-old Taylor Sawyer.
Ashlyn Hemmerling, 18, was being held in lieu of a $1 million bond after being booked at 6:30 p.m. Friday into the Jefferson County Jail in Oskaloosa in connection with first-degree murder, according to the sheriff's office website.
Sarah Hemmerling, 37, was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond after being booked into jail at 5:30 p.m. Friday in connection with obstructing apprehension of prosecution.
The women were the second and third people taken into custody in connection with crimes allegedly linked to Sawyer's death.
Jonathan Blevins, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Lawrence in connection with the slaying.
Sheriff Jeff Herrig said authorities thought Sawyer died sometime after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
His body was found after a Douglas County detective contacted Jefferson County authorities about 10 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a person who said he or she had witnessed a homicide, Herrig said.
Herrig said Sawyer’s body was found on a trail at Perry Lake in an area that has been closed for several years.