Police said authorities uncovered the floor and dug into the ground, where they found Angela Stearns’ remains. The 59-year-old had been missing for over a year, according to police.
The human remains were positively identified as Stearns by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, WAFB-TV reports.
Upon further investigation, police said Joanna Phelps was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and failure to report the commission of certain felonies. She was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.