Prosecutors say DNA and cell phone records helped them connect a former Virginia man to a Brown County murder. The Brown County district attorney’s office filed a charge of first-degree intentional homicide today against 38-year-old George Burch.
Burch was arrested last week for the murder of 31-year-old Nicole Vanderheyden. The Ledgeview woman’s body was found in May in a field near Bellevue.
Prosecutors say DNA found on Vanderheyden’s clothing, body, and the cord used to strangle her matched a sample in a national database that belongs to Burch.
Cell phone records also placed Burch at the place where Vanderheyden was seen alive, and where her body was found, the night of the murder.
Burch is held in the Brown County jail on a $2 million bond.