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Body found in cornfield identified; suspect in her death to appear in court Monday

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Thomas Davidson, 25. (Source: White County Jail) Thomas Davidson, 25. (Source: White County Jail)
Sandra Burkhardt. (Courtesy: Family members) Sandra Burkhardt. (Courtesy: Family members)
Picture of Sandra Burkhardt's car when found. (Source: Gibson County Sheriff's Office) Picture of Sandra Burkhardt's car when found. (Source: Gibson County Sheriff's Office)

A woman's body found in a cornfield outside of Crossville, IL. has been identified.

An autopsy revealed that 58-year-old Sandra K. Burkhardt died of four gunshot wounds.

25-year-old Thomas Davidson has been charged with her murder after authorities located Burkhardt's body near Crossville on Saturday night.

Authorities say Burkhardt was last seen leaving Walmart in Princeton around 10:15 Friday night.  The Sheriff's Office says they know Burkhardt made it back to her home at some point after she was last seen because that is where her young grandchild was found, left alone.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says Davidson is connected to several crimes across the Tri-State, including Sandra's death.

Authorities say Davidson was detained on Saturday afternoon in connection with burglaries in Warrick and Pike Counties, Sandra's disappearance and a shooting in Posey County.

Officials say the shooting happened early Saturday morning in Mount Vernon.  Police Chief Grant Baloat says the victim narrowly escaped with her life after a bullet grazed her nose. Police say the shot was fired at her from inside a car. The shooting victim has not been identified, but authorities say it was not Sandra Burkhardt.

Officials believe Davidson stole Burkhardt's car, a new model silver Ford Focus, the same car they believe was involved in the Mount Vernon shooting.

While driving that car, officials say Davidson ran into a tree and then stole another vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office says Davidson was found and taken into custody in Pike County, four miles east of Pike Central High School in a wooded area.  They say he was also in possession of a hand gun.

Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers says Davidson was questioned last Saturday night. Clowers says Davidson confessed to the shooting outside of Huck's and that he also gave a statement concerning Burkhardt and the body that was found in Illinois.

Davidson has now been booked at the White County Jail on murder charges.

Davidson is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday when States Attorney Denton Aud will file formal charges.

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