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Daniel Shannon, 66, from the San Tan Valley in Arizona, was arrested Wednesday for hiding his mother's death to continue collecting her benefits

The man is accused of having buried his 97-year-old mother in the backyard after she died and continuing to collect her benefits

  • The authorities were first tipped about the disappearance of Leonie Shannon in April
  • Her & # 39; caregiver & # 39; son Daniel Shannon, 66, told the investigators that she had just been missing
  • But on Wednesday, he admitted hiding his mother's death on December 21
  • He buried her body in his backyard in the San Tan Valley in Arizona so that he could continue to receive her social security and veteran benefits to pay for & # 39; his invention & # 39;
  • Police found the remains of 97-year-old Wednesday and imprisoned Shannon for fraud and hiding a body, although he could see more charges
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The police arrested a man on Wednesday after admitting to bury the body of his 97-year-old mother in his back yard so that he could continue to receive her benefits.

Daniel Shannon, 66, of San Tan Valley, was imprisoned for fraud and improper removal of a body, according to the Sheriff's office in Pinal County.

Daniel Shannon, 66, from the San Tan Valley in Arizona, was arrested Wednesday for hiding his mother's death to continue collecting her benefits

Daniel Shannon, 66, from the San Tan Valley in Arizona, was arrested Wednesday for hiding his mother's death to continue collecting her benefits

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The disappearance of Leonie Shannon was first brought to the attention of the authorities on April 5 when someone told the police that she had not seen her since December.

When the police went to the house near Jasper Butte Drive, her son, who was supposed to look after the old lady, told the detectives that she had left home four months earlier.

& # 39; He claimed that this was not the first time his mother disappeared, adding that they had just received her VA benefits (veterans) and did not want to miss her in the chance that she returned home, & # 39; said the sheriff's office on a Facebook page. post.

But Shannon & # 39; s story continued to change and on Wednesday he announced that his mother had died on December 21.

Instead of reporting her death, he decided to bury her body in the back yard so that he could continue to receive her social security and VA benefits.

He claimed that he needed the payments to help pay the patent on his invention & # 39; although officials did not specify what the invention was.

Agents found the remains of the old woman in Shannon's backyard on Wednesday.

The police found the remains of 97-year-old Leonie Shannon in the backyard of her son at Jasper Butte Drive (photo) on Wednesday. He buried her there after she died in December
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The police found the remains of 97-year-old Leonie Shannon in the backyard of her son at Jasper Butte Drive (photo) on Wednesday. He buried her there after she died in December

The police found the remains of 97-year-old Leonie Shannon on Wednesday in her son's back yard at Jasper Butte Drive (photo). He buried her there after she died in December

"At the moment, Shannon is only confronted with allegations of fraud and hiding a body," said the Pinal County Sheriff office.

The police added that he could have more charges pending the report of the medical investigator who would identify the remains and determine the official cause of death.

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb praised his investigators for cracking the case.

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& # 39; Our investigators have done a fantastic job on this case and have brought Mr. Daniels to court. This type of case is especially troublesome when the crimes affect family members, & he said.

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