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Dismembered body found, suspect in court

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Nancy Bentley has been charged with obstruction of justice and desecration of human remains Nancy Bentley has been charged with obstruction of justice and desecration of human remains
SUMMERVILLE, SC -

A Summerville woman is in jail after police found a man's dismembered body in the trunk of her car.

The Coroner has confirmed the identity of that man as 53-year-old Roy Steward.

A spokesperson for the Summerville Police Department said they arrested Steward's roommate, Nancy Bentley, in relation to this case on Wednesday.

Steward was reported missing on January 14 by a family member. As the investigation continued, police said they realized Bentley had been providing false information about the case.

On Tuesday, police got a search warrant to look through Bentley's car that had been towed after a traffic stop over the weekend. According to the Dorchester County Coroner, Steward's body was found in three separate trash bags in the white Honda.

While police said the two were roommates, neighbors said Bentley and Steward referred to themselves as husband and wife.

Several neighbors said the relationship seemed rocky.

"She never came out of the house," Tammy Warner said. "I never understood that. You never, ever really saw, but now and then, she'd walk out and usually scream something at [Steward]."

Warner's son cut the grass for the couple on a weekly basis. While he said he never witnessed any fighting, first hand, he did say that Steward often talked about his relationship.

"We talked about his marriage a little bit," Gregory Charpia said. "About how she used to threaten him and had pulled knives on him and stuff like that."

Last week, Bentley was arrested along Highway 17 in Colleton County. During that stop, officers said she appeared drunk. According to a police report, Bentley told police she was bi-polar and on five different medications for her mental health.

Unable to tell if she was drunk, police arrested Bentley and towed her car to an impound lot. That was where police found Steward's body.

Despite the seemingly problematic relationship, neighbors said the victim never talked about leaving his wife.  "I always asked him why he was still with her and he was like, 'it's just my love. I've been with her all my life. I can't leave her."

Bentley has been charged with obstruction of justice and desecration of human remains. Officials said more charges are possible.

Bentley will be in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing.

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