Human Remains Found Where Ex-Pastor said he Buried Woman

Body Found
Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 12:50:19-04

OCEAN CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have found human remains where a former Florida Panhandle pastor said he buried a woman's nearly body five years ago.

James Ty Flanders pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the October 2011 death of Marie Jane Carlson, 37.

The Northwest Florida Daily News  reports that Flanders, 47, provided the location of Carlson's body in exchange for pleading guilty to manslaughter instead of second-degree murder.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Card said the remains were found Friday morning in Flanders' former Ocean City yard.

The newspaper reports that Flanders told investigators that he and his wife shared a relationship with Carlson. Prosecutors said Flanders also described grabbing Carlson and holding her in a "tight bear hug" until she stopped moving.

Flanders faces up to 15 years in prison.