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Arrests made after body found buried behind Orange County home

27-year-old Brandon Boone found dead in April

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Nearly two months after a man's body was found, Orange County deputies say they've arrested the men who buried him in a backyard.

Officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Gregory Palermo, 50, and Donald Morrison, 59, had been arrested on multiple charges.

Deputies said 27-year-old Brandon Boone was found buried behind a home in the 5000 block of Glasgow Avenue on April 14.

Palermo and Morrison admitted to burying him after he overdosed on methamphetamine and fentanyl because they didn't want authorities to investigate drug activity at the house, records show.

Both men said they feared going to jail and they concealed the body because they didn't want a criminal investigation to take place, according to authorities.

"The smartest thing to do because of that cop after me was to bury him in the backyard," Palermo said, according to the report.

Both men are facing charges of tampering with physical evidence, mishandling dead human remains and failure to report a death.


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