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Son arrested after mother found dead in burned vehicle

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Neil Howland (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Neil Howland (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
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SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Police have arrested the son of a woman who was found dead in her burning vehicle.

Neil Howland, 25, of Scott City, Missouri has been charged with the Class A felony of first degree murder, the Class D felony of tampering with evidence, the Class D felony of abandonment of a corpse, and the Class D felony of knowingly burning.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says Howland was identified early on in the investigation as a person of interest in the murder of his mother, Cynthia Canoy.

During questioning Howland admitted to police that he strangled his mother, put her body in her vehicle with her two dogs, drove the vehicle to a cornfield, poured gasoline on it, and set it on fire with his mother's body and the two dogs inside, according to the probable cause statement.

Howland told police his mother made him mad during a conversation, according to the probable cause statement.

Walter says Scott County deputies worked with members of the SEMO Major Case squad, consisting of personnel from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office, and Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

He says investigators spent hundreds of hours to exhaust leads, conduct interviews, and eliminate other possible suspects.

Sheriff Walter says personnel will continue to investigate other leads in the case.

Anyone who has information regarding this or any crime is asked to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 545-3525, or leave a message on the crime tip line at 1-866-210-4322.

Howland was take to the Scott County Jail without bond.

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