The Associated Press
TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors have accused a 38-year-old woman of killing a Tacoma man who was reported missing about six weeks ago.
Margaret Effelberg was ordered held on $500,000 bail Tuesday. The News Tribune says she pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 59-year-old Santiago Cortes.
The victim’s body has not been found, but prosecutors say they have evidence Effelberg killed him, including confessions to her boyfriend and another woman.
Investigators say Effelberg was the last person to speak to Cortes on the phone. Cortes’ employer reported him missing Oct. 4 after he didn’t show up for work for several days.
Arianna Pierrottet, of Lakewood, also was arraigned in connection with the case. She has been charged with possession of stolen property, identity theft and trafficking in stolen property.