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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Investigators were on the scene Friday, where they're spent the day searching for the body of 60-year-old Clent Chavers. His wife is suspected of digging his grave and dumping his body.
Investigators found the body late Friday. The remains are on their way to the state medical examiner's office where they'll be identified and a cause of death may be determined. The discovery wrapped up an exhausting day of digging.
This unfolded at a home the couple once shared. It's in the 17 thousand block of West Pridesville Road. That's off Route 681 in Amelia county.
The dig started around 11:00 a.m. Friday morning. Moments after a cadaver dog picked up a hit.
"This is the location we believe, if they are the remains of Mr. Chavers, this is where they're going to be located," said Louisa County Sheriff's Office Major Donald Lowe.
Clent Chavers hasn't been seen in 15 years. Investigators say his wife, 63-year-old Ulisa Chavers, recently admitted to digging a hole in their backyard and dumping his body in that hole.
"She went into tears as she told investigators where Mr. Chavers was. Then she looked like she was relieved from the pressure she was under," said Sheriff Ashland Fortune of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the motive is money. Mrs. Chavers had been collecting and cashing her dead husband's social security checks until last month. Neighbors are stunned.
"Very surprised. Very surprised and shocked," said neighbor Sherry Gough.
Some neighbors pulled out binoculars to get a closer look at the action.
"So many people have been in and out of that house and I was trying to figure out if I knew the person," said neighbor Annete Kearns.
News about this case stems from a similar investigation. In March Chavers was arrested after authorities found the body of her boyfriend, Reginal Bowles, in a 33-foot-deep well in the town of Mineral.
"We're not saying she had anything to do with their deaths we're asserting that she disposed of the bodies," said Lowe.
Investigators say Ulisa Chavers told family members that Clent had died and that shipped his body to Louisiana where he was born.
"Then she told the family in Louisana that he'd passed away and that she cremated him, so we have conflicting stories," Lowe said.