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Kidnapping case bond is $10 million

BURLINGTON — A Northern Kentucky grand jury will consider the case of a 73-year-old millionaire whose body, officials suspect, was stuffed into a trash can and burned.

Boone District Judge Michael Collins ruled Monday that the case can go to a grand jury and set bond at $10 million each for housekeeper Willa Blanc, 47, and her son, Louis Wilkinson, 27.

They are charged with kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and knowing exploitation of an adult.

Walter Sartory spent his last days drugged and duct-taped to a chair in Blanc's basement, Detective Coy Cox testified Monday during a preliminary hearing for Blanc and Wilkinson. After the reclusive Sartory died, his body was put into a trash can and burned, Cox said.

Sartory was last seen alive Feb. 17 on a surveillance camera at a Hebron bank. Investigators think he died soon after and his body was burned Feb. 22 in Indiana. Authorities are still working to identify the remains found March 13 in a wooded area in Morgan County, Ind.

Cox testified that Blanc used a power of attorney supposedly signed by Sartory to draw from his investment accounts, hoping to get at least $7 million of Sartory's money.

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