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No body, no murder charges... yet

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Marie Jost of Amherst, last seen in the early 1980's.
Ronald Disher
Marie Jost of Amherst, last seen in the early 1980's.
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STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -  Authorities believe an Amherst woman killed her missing mother, but no homicide charges have been filed. The reason is simple: No body equals no evidence.

Marie Jost has been missing and presumed dead since the early 1980’s

Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood says she has a reason to believe what other jail inmates are saying because of the timing and the content of their remarks. Isherwood said, “There was a statement made by Ron Disher to inmates at the jail that they had indeed killed her. At the time that the inmates made the statements, the only press release had been that there were missing persons. There was nothing in a press release about social security, that there was any type of fraud, or there was any suspicion that anybody had been murdered.”

Isherwood says the inmates knew more facts about the case at the time of their statement than had been released to the public, so the only possible source is Ronald Disher.

A review of WSAU news reports and Portage County press releases shows that if Ronald Disher made that statement to inmates, it must have been almost immediately after his September 5th arrest before the press release announcing the three arrests and the Social Security fraud charges.

Ronald and Delores Disher already face charges of social security fraud for cashing her mother’s checks for about thirty years. Delores’ brother Charles Jost also faces the same charges. He must undergo a competency examination to determine if he is fit for trial.

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