VIDEO: IA man charged with murder in 2021 missing persons case

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(ABC 6 News) – An Osage, Iowa man is accused of killing a missing Mason City woman whose decapitated head was found placed on a stick in a Mitchell County state park.

Nathan Gilmore, 23, is charged with premeditated first-degree murder for the death of Angela Bradbury, 28.

He was arrested Friday, the same day investigators searched his home in Osage and found an apparent satanic shrine and information they believe connects him to Bradbury’s killing.

Bradbury was last seen alive in Mason City on April 6, 2021. She wasn’t reported missing until ten months later. By that time, her head was already sitting at a state crime lab.

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The skull was discovered by a teenager at Greenbelt River Park near Mitchell, IA in July of 2021. The skull had been placed on a stick.

When Bradbury’s family contacted investigators about her disappearance in February of 2022 they submitted dental records and the skull was identified as Bradbury’s.

According to information gathered by investigators, it’s believed Gilmore met Bradbury in Mason City on August 6, 2021 and killed her the same day.

Investigators say Gilmore was at the Cerro Gordo County Jail for an arraignment and Bradbury had just been released from jail on a trespassing charge.

Bradbury was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Mason City with a young, white man. She told the friend she was going to St. Ansgar.

Her skull, and later the rest of her remains, were found in a park that is located between St. Ansgar and Gilmore’s home in Osage.

Investigators say GPS data puts him at the park the day Bradbury vanished and at times he told them he was at work.

Court documents also outline a Snapchat message in which Gilmore talks about “getting off” by stabbing someone in the throat.

Gilmore is currently in the Mitchell County Jail on a $1M cash bond.

Investigators say the case remains active, and anyone with additional information on Angela Bradbury’s murder has been asked to call the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office at 641-732-4740.