Middleton arrested in death of Fitchburg woman

Charges include hiding corpse, drug charges

JANESVILLE, Wis. - An Evansville man will face charges related to the death of a woman investigators believe was burned in the man's yard.

Nathan C. Middleton, 29, was arrested Wednesday on charges of hiding a corpse, mutilating a corpse, pandering, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to notify the coroner of a death. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but that appearance has been postponed to Friday, at the earliest.

In documents filed with the court, detectives said Middleton met Aprina Paul, 18, her through an ad online for sex, then two days later burned her body over a fire in his yard. The documents say Paul responded to his ad on Oct. 27, the day Paul's family said it last saw her leaving her home with an unknown man.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said the Craigslist ad did not openly ask for sex, but he said it was somewhere along the lines of an ad for "having fun."

Deputies said Paul died at the house where Middleton was living on Highway 14 in Evansville. The Rock County Sheriff's Department said investigators searched Middleton's home and yard and found a female's remains in the burn pit.

Rock County Sheriff's deputies say the investigation is ongoing and bone fragments are being tested in Texas.

Middleton told detectives when he awoke on the morning of Oct. 28, Paul was in his bed not breathing and without a pulse. After attempting to revive her, Middleton told detectives he hid her body and belongings until Tuesday, when he burned Paul's body in a fire pit he built in the yard, the affidavit said.

Middleton told authorities he moved Paul's body into the pit and covered it with wood when his fiance went to town. The two then tended the fire until 11:30 p.m., according to the document.

Middleton maintains he didn't kill Paul.

Until he was charged this week, he was held at the Rock County Jail on a probation violation.

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