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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2007 8:48 am | Updated: 7:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert police have found a body in the area where they have been searching for a missing woman but a spokesman won’t say whether it is her.

Sgt. Andrew Duncan, Gilbert police spokesman, said the identity of the body will have to be confirmed through an autopsy.

“We have found a body,” Duncan said.

Detectives are in an area off of State Route 87 where they tracked the whereabouts of Johnathan Ian Burns, the man charged with killing Jackie Hartman, a 19-year-old nursing student.

Hartman was reported missing early Jan. 28 when she was supposed to go to a party with Burns, whom she had met days prior at a gas station.

According to court records, police found Hartman’s bloody shirt spotted with bullet holes, her ripped bra and other items in a trash bin near Burns’ home just after her disappearance.

Burns admitted to police he had sex with Hartman.

He is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault in connection with her death.

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