Nancy Howery, 44 and Daniel Stearns, 32 (BCSO)

Florida Man Charged: Killing, Dismembering, And Burning Woman He Met On Social Media

Nancy Howery, 44 and Daniel Stearns, 32 (BCSO)
Nancy Howery, 44 and Daniel Stearns, 32 (BCSO)

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after a missing woman’s dismembered and burned body was found on the man’s ‘compound.’

On Feb. 18, Nancy Howery, 44, was reported missing by her ex-husband in Indian Harbour Beach after she failed to pick up her kids from school, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.

The following day, officers said Howery’s Honda Odyssey was found abandoned on the side of the road. Dogs searched the area but could not locate the missing woman.

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Investigators determined that Howery was last seen on Feb. 15 while visiting a friend in Palm Bay.

That friend talked with investigators and said Howery was supposed to meet her boyfriend, Daniel Stearns, 32, on the same day.

Deputies say said Howery and Stearns met on a social media site.

According to investigators, the couple got into an argument on Feb. 15, and Stearns allegedly shot and killed Howery,

“Over the next few days, Stearns allegedly dismembered and burned the body, burying the remains in several different locations,” the sheriff’s office said.

“While they were surveilling him to determine that he was burying the body and he had actually, from what our investigation showed us at this point, he actually burned the body in an effort to destroy any possible evidence,” Ivey said.

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the remains found had been positively identified and belonged to Howery.

“Ultimately, the surveillance led us here to ‘The Compound,’ and there are five different crime scenes,” Ivey said.

“The Compound” is thick with vegetation and spread out, so a wide area needed to be investigated and searched, according to Ivey.

Ivey said that during questioning, Stearns confessed to the murder and that he tried to conceal the body.

Stearns is facing charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.

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