Pair Took Selfie With Dead Friend, Dumped Body: Cops

Missouri pair charged with abandoning corpse

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 8:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Dennis "Nathan" Meyer apparently overdosed on Dilaudid, a painkiller, while hanging out with Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, last week, police say the Missouri pair reacted in perhaps the worst possible way: They allegedly took a selfie with his corpse, dumped the body, and then posted the selfie to Facebook. A tipster told police about the picture, which allegedly shows Berry and Prier with a "passed out" Meyer in the front seat of his car. When police questioned Berry, she said she was hanging out with Meyer when he started acting "crazy" after injecting himself with the painkiller, so she called Prier, one of Meyer's friends, who came to pick her up at a McDonald's. But after Meyer lost consciousness, the pair eventually realized he was no longer breathing.

They were too scared to call an ambulance or go to a hospital because they were also high on meth and Xanax, Berry told police, so they took the selfie and then moved Meyer from the front seat to the back seat because he started to smell bad, police say. Then, Berry told cops, she and Prier drove around "looking for a place to dump the body" and, upon finding a rural driveway that apparently seemed suitable, "pushed the body out of the vehicle onto the ground." Police were tipped off about the selfie while investigating Meyer's death, the Joplin Globe reports. Berry and Prier have been charged with abandonment of a corpse, the Smoking Gun reports. (Earlier this month, a man killed himself while trying to take a selfie with his gun.)

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