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Macala Shelton Case: Steven Neal Henderson, Mo. man, charged with murder in 13-year-old girl's death, report says

Macala Shelton
Facebook via KRCG
Macala Shelton
Facebook via KRCG

(CBS/AP) IBERIA, Mo. - A central Missouri man has been charged with first-degree murder Monday in the death of a missing 13-year-old girl.

Court records released Monday show that 30-year-old Steven Neal Henderson has been charged in the stabbing death of Macala Shelton on June 22, the same day she went missing. He is reportedly being held on a $500,000 bond.

According to CBS affiliate KRCG, another man, Jerry Henderson, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon with a bond set to $50,000.

Macala had been reported missing by her grandmother on Saturday. A day later her body was found in a wooded area on an unoccupied farm.

A probable cause statement by the Missouri State Highway Patrol says Henderson acknowledged killing the girl with a large survival knife and told authorities where to find the weapon.

Court records list Henderson's address in Iberia as the same one where Macala lived.

KRCG reports that authorities haven't released any information regarding the connection between the two men and the victim.The motive also remains unknown.