Police: 2 arrested in western Pa. for killing person, burning body

Richard Kennedy and Amanda Cypher have been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse

Richard Kennedy and Amanda Cypher, both of New Street in Franklin, have been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating evidence.

FRANKLIN, Pa. (WKBN/WJET) – Two suspects have been arrested and charged after police say they killed a person and burned the body in Venango County.

Richard Kennedy and Amanda Cypher, both of New Street in Franklin, have been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating evidence.

According to a police report, around 5 p.m. Friday the Polk Borough Fire Department was called out to a brush fire off of Waterworks Road. They found the body of 25-year-old Tausha Baker, of Franklin, while putting the fire out.

According to WJET, police believe an incident began at a house in the 1300 block of New Road, where Baker was brutally beaten. They say her body was then taken to Waterworks Road and set on fire.

Both Kennedy and Cypher are in the Venango County Jail. Bail was denied.

Franklin City police are still investigating.

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