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Leipsic Man Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

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Tony Mozick Jr. Tony Mozick Jr.
Taylor Owens, murder victim Taylor Owens, murder victim

LEIPSIC, Del.– Delaware State Police have arrested a 21-year-old Leipsic man for the murder of his girlfriend who had been reported missing since the middle of last week.

State Police Homicide Detectives say Tony Mozick Jr. has been connected to the death of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Taylor Owens of Dover.

Police say they were told about possible charred human remains found in a wooded area along the 200 block of Denny St. in Leipsic at 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

After further investigation, detectives say they were able to connect Mozick to the death of Owens, which happened Aug. 31 following a fight at a home they shared on Denny Street.

Police said Mozick moved the victim's body to the wooded area and tried to burn it.

Mozick was arrested Sunday morning and charged with first-degree murder and abusing a corpse. He is being held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center without bond.

Owens' remains were turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Owens had been the center of an active missing person's investigation since Wednesday, Sept. 4. Family members told police they had not seen or heard from Owens since Aug. 31.

Police say Tony Mozick Jr.'s father, Tony Mozick Sr., was murdered in January, his body put in a barrel and thrown in the Leipsic River. Tony Mozick Jr.'s sister, Jennifer Barnes, and her boyfriend, Gerald Schweiger, were both arrested for the crime. Barnes recently pleaded to lesser charges. Schweiger faces trial in April.

In March the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says a home once owned by Mozick Sr. was intentionally set ablaze. There have been no arrests in that arson.

Public posts on Owens's Facebook page reference what had been going on with the Mozick family over the course of 2013.

In February, after the body of Mozick Sr. was found, she wrote "Rest easy, Big Tony. You deserve it."

Just before she went missing, Owens wrote about people discussing Barnes's sentencing, saying in part, "She may only be in prison for 18 months, but the incident will be trapped in her mind for the rest of her life."

Owens also talked about her relationship with Mozick Jr. A post from after her birthday mentions having been spoiled and ends with, "Thank you, Tony."

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