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Belle Plains Body Identified, Suspects Arrested

Two men were arrested Friday night and charged with murder after remains found earlier this week at 881 Belle Plains Road.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two suspects in the homicide of the individual whose remains were found on the property of 881 Belle Plains Rd. in Stafford County. 

"The Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains as Jason Plaster, who was a resident of Stafford County when he was reported missing by family members in July 2007," Bill Kennedy, Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said in a press release.

Mr. Plaster was 31 years old when he was reported missing.  "Despite an exhaustive effort by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in the ensuing years, Mr. Plaster was never located," Kennedy said.  "The preliminary investigation indicates the victim died of gun shot wounds," he said.

The two suspects in this incident are William Joseph Hughes, age 44, of 39 Mickelson Lane, Stafford, and Stuart Lee Sullivan, age 49, of 1 North Jenny Lane, Fredericksburg.  Both men have been charged with one Count of First Degree Murder and one Count of the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Kennedy said.  They are being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Stuart Sullivan was arrested at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. William Hughes was arrested at his place of employment in Stafford on Friday. 

Additional charges are pending in this case, Kennedy said.

"Due to the sensitive and ongoing nature of this case, no additional information will be released at this time," Kennedy said. "It is anticipated that additional information will be released in the coming week," he said.  

Related Coverage:

  • Sheriff's Office: One Body Found at 881 Belle Plains Road (March 25, 2013)
  • Sheriff's Office Installs Gates at Belle Plains Crime Scene (Photos) (March 23, 2013)
  • (March 21, 2013)
  • Report: Stafford County Sheriff's Search for Bodies on Belle Plains Property (March 20, 2013)
  • Investigators at Mystery Crime Scene on Belle Plains Road for Sixth Day (Photos) (March 20, 2013)
  • (March 19, 2013)
  • Mystery: Drug Search Confirmed at Belle Plains Home (March 19, 2013)
  • Mystery: Sheriff's Office Hasn't Left Crime Scene Since Saturday (March 18, 2013)

Keep up with the latest on this investigation at 881 Belle Plains Road.

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d April 02, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Why was Paul Benzie not in jail , for all the other crimes that he committed ? Its pretty evident that this gentleman was killed in a drug deal gone bad, and Benzie had the knowledge that he was buried there he needs to be charged as a co-conspirator. I hope that the family gets some closure and peace having their loved one back where they can give him a repectful burial and deal with the knowledge of what happened. How do these scum people live with themselves since 2007, knowing what they did ?
KJ April 04, 2013 at 03:53 AM
The complete despair a family feels when a loved one goes missing must be overwhelmingly horrific. And terrifying. This young man died a grisly death - but thank the good Lord in heaven, at least his family now knows what happened to him, or at least some of the story. To live your life wondering is in tolerable. They are probably finally grieving now that the chance he is alive is gone. Who is Paul Benzie? The article didn't mention him.
Susan Larson (Editor) April 04, 2013 at 04:34 AM
KJ, this article explains who Dennis Paul Benzie is: Sheriff's Office Confirms Arrest, Ongoing Investigation http://patch.com/A-2TdH
rswi April 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM
maybe, Jason Plaster was also a bad person. maybe he raped your daughter, sold drugs to your neighborhood children. maybe you should wait and see what really happened before judging. some deserve death, other just walk into it.
Chico Romero April 25, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I know bill and Stewart both good men rode with got no complaints
S Plaster June 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM
You know you don't know what kind of person Jason Plaster was, unless of course you knew him. I am his Aunt and I know, no matter what he did, he did not deserve to die and leave 3 young children behind. Besides, who says he did anything? You argue not to pass judgement on the accused, and yet, in the same statement you pass judgement on to the victim. None of us as individuals has the right to determine who lives our dies. If the accused are responsible for Jason's death, they should face judgement and any punishment that they deserve. Whoever knew about it and kept quiet all these years, they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. I believe in God and I feel that Judgement will be made on them as well. Rest In Peace Jason!!! We love and miss you very much!!!!!

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