Suspect arrested after woman's body found in trash can

Man Arrested After Woman's Body Found In Trash Can

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WTKR) -- Many questions remain after a man was arrested after the discovery of a woman's body in a trash can Sunday afternoon.

The body was found behind the Dixie Fuel Company in Newport News.

Police were led to the location during an investigation into the disappearance of a woman - Michelle Hull, who was reported missing Thursday.

Part of the missing persons investigation led by York-Poquoson's Sheriff's deputies brought them to the Dixie Fuel Company on Muller Lane but Newport News Police were already on the scene investigating a body found in a trash can.

Photos of the scene of the discovery and Michelle Hull:

Michelle Hull - woman found in dumpster
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Suspect arrested after woman's body found in trash can
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Monday evening, the York-Poquoson's Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body found was that of 46-year-old Michelle Hull.

A close friend who says he has known Michelle for over 20 years, is distraught - saying they dated on and off for years. He said they would ride motorcycles and that she would stop to help injured animals on the side of the road.

He said, "She had one of the best hearts of anyone I've ever met. She was absolutely adorable caring. Full of life and fun."

Michael Kerlin has been arrested in connection with the suspicious death. He was in court Monday morning facing charges of unlawful concealment of a dead body and two drug related charges.

The York County Clerk of Courts officials told NewsChannel 3 he's being held without bond and told the judge that he plans to hire his own attorney.

According to the website, he is the owner of the Dixie Fuel Company, which is where the body was found.

A close friend of Michelle's said she has known Kerlin for a while.

Kerlin is expected back in court on May 18.

Family and friends want answers. A close friend said, "I'm broke up real bad about it. I'm just anxious to find out what happened. Because nobody deserves to be treated like a piece of trash."

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