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Remains found in ex-home of Pennsylvania man convicted in wife’s murder

Remains were found at the former home of a Pennsylvania man recently convicted of killing his wife, authorities in Johnstown said.

Brian Giles, 48, was convicted Thursday in the death of his wife, Nancy Giles, who went missing in October 2018 and was found several months later buried in a shallow grave.

Now police have discovered another set of remains, buried under the basement of the house where the couple had lived in an apartment.

Cops were still working over the weekend to identify the second body, which was found 2 to 3 feet underneath a basement crawlspace after a cadaver dog was brought in, the New Castle News reported Sunday.

Investigators received “specific information” about a body being at the home, District Attorney Greg Neugebauer told WJAC-TV.

Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees called the death, especially based on the remains’ location, “highly suspicious.”

The excavation took hours, WJAC-TV reported, and authorities said identifying who it was would take time. After an autopsy on Saturday, the remains were taken for forensic analysis in Mercyhurst University in Erie.

“This is going to be a lengthy investigation and methodical process in removing these remains,” Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees told the New Castle News.

After Nancy Giles disappeared, Brian Giles got another girlfriend, Jilly Todaro, who lived with him in the same residence and has been missing since December 2020. Giles had been charged with assaulting her a few days before her disappearance, WJAC reported. Officials would not say whether the search was related to Todaro’s case.

Giles was convicted last week of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in Nancy Giles’ death after an hour of jury deliberation following a four-day trial.

The killer maintained his innocence as he was being led away, and his attorneys said his mental health struggles had not been taken into account or given much attention during the trial, The Tribune-Democrat reported.

His court-appointed attorney declined to comment Sunday about the second set of remains.

With News Wire Services

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