Man's 2nd murder charge tied to '03 disappearance

No positive I.D. yet on woman's remains

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 10, 2010 

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a man Friday in connection with the death of a woman who was reported missing in 2003, police said. It's now the second murder case for Bass Webb.

Webb, 30, of Means was indicted on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence, said Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge.

Webb is accused of killing Sabrina Marie Vaughn. Skeletal remains found Jan. 14 in rural Powell County are thought to be those of Vaughn, but there has been no positive identification yet, Shortridge said.

However, Shortridge — who has said he is "99.9 percent sure that's who it is" — said there is enough other evidence to indict Webb on a murder charge. He would not go into detail about that evidence.

Shortridge said in January that a man in custody in Montgomery County tipped investigators to a person who led them to a dead-end road in northern Powell County where a human leg bone was found.

Vaughn, who was in her 20s, was last seen in December 2003 at a home in Bath County and at another residence in Menifee County.

"We've got evidence in our investigation that tells me that was Sabrina Vaughn," Shortridge said Friday. "I'm convinced that the remains are those of Sabrina Vaughn. I'm confident."

Webb, who is in the Fayette County jail, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Bryia Runiewicz, 32, who was found dead July 31 in her Harrison County home.

Police said Webb confessed to killing Runiewicz after allegedly trying to run over two Bourbon County jail employees in July. A detective testified in court last year that Webb told police he cut off Runiewicz's head.

Webb has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder related to the jail employees.

He also faces a contempt charge in Bourbon County for spitting on District Judge Vanessa Dickson during an arraignment on the attempted-murder charges.

After Friday's indictment, a $500,000 cash bond was placed on Webb, Shortridge said.

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