Murder arrest made in case of missing Union City man

A man faces murder charges in connection with the death of a missing Union City man, police said.

Malik Mayer was arrested Thursday, six days after Lester “Roy” Jones’ body was found near an abandoned house off Cotter Drive. Police ruled Jones’ death a homicide Sept. 9, about a week after he was reported missing.

Patrick McDonald told Channel 2 Action News he gave Jones his car and bank card to go to Wal-Mart, but Jones never returned. Surveillance video shows three men in the car attempting to use the card at an ATM, and one is wearing a surgical mask, the station reported.

The stolen car was found crashed in Chicago, after being used to commit more crimes. Additional suspects may be juveniles and may be in custody.

Mayer was also charged with financial transaction card fraud.

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