Dixey slaying

Neighbors said Michael Dixey lived in this mobile home on Brookstone Drive in the Fairton Oaks Mobile Home Community in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County. State Police charged his daughter, Kandice Dixey, and Norman Kacewich in Michael Dixey's death.

State Police said Friday that they have identified the body found in a shallow grave off Clarks Pond Road in Fairfield Township as 61-year-old Michael Dixey.

The results of an autopsy performed on Michael Dixey show the cause of death as homicide by strangulation, State Police said.

Earlier this week, authorities charged Michael Dixey’s daughter, Kandice, 32, of Fairfield Township, with murder, desecration of human remains and hindering prosecution. They charged Kandice Dixey’s 24-year-old boyfriend, Norman Kacewich, of Fairfield Township, with desecration of human remains and hindering prosecution.

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State Police allege Kandice Dixey killed her father and buried the body to cover up the crime. They allege Kacewich helped bury the body.

Kandice Dixey and Kacewich remained Friday in the Cecil County Detention Center in Maryland, where they were formally charged with the crimes Wednesday after authorities found Michael Dixey’s remains, State Police said.

Bail for Kandice Dixey is set at $300,000, while bail for Kacewich is set at $25,000, State Police said. Extradition hearings to bring the couple back to Cumberland County are pending, they said.

According to State Police, Michael Dixey’s relatives reported him missing Oct. 3 from his home in the Fairton Oaks Mobile Home Community. That prompted an investigation by State Police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, they said.

Detectives determined Kandice Dixey and Kacewich traveled to Elkton, Md., where the State Police Fugitive Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force found Kandice Dixey and Kacewich and arrested them on charges related to the theft and use of Michael Dixey’s credit card.

State Police said they found the burial site on Wednesday with the help of their K-9 unit. State Police declined further comment Friday.

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