Nearly one month after 21-year-old Taylorlyn Nelson was reported missing in Phoenix, newly released court documents suggest a disturbing chain of events that end with Nelson’s boyfriend dumping her body in Lake Pleasant.

A woman was sentenced Friday to one year in jail for helping her sons dump the body of a murder victim in 2017, Maricopa County Superior Court officials said. 

Kerrie Quaintance, then 51, helped her two sons sew the body of Taylorlyn Nelson, 21, into a sleeping bag to dispose of it into Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix, according to court documents.

Nelson’s family reported her missing in March 2017. Her body was recovered by a rescue team from an area of Lake Pleasant, a month after her disappearance.

Court records said Maxx Bowe, then 27, arrived at the home that his brother Kodi Bowe, then 25, shared with Nelson, where it appeared they were arguing.

During the argument, Kodi Bowe instructed his brother to hold Nelson and restrict her movement and then shot her in the head, court records said.

Quaintance and her sons transported Nelson’s body from a Phoenix mobile-home park to Lake Pleasant, where they used Quaintance’s paddle boat to dump Nelson into the lake, court records said.

Quaintance struck a plea agreement in June and pleaded guilty to first-degree hindering prosecution.

Kodi Bowe, who was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, struck a plea deal in June and will be sentenced next Friday.

Maxx Bowe initially had charges dismissed, but they were refiled last year. His case is still pending in Superior Court.



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