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Authorities upgrade charges against man connected to death of Deborah Dewey

STANDARD, Illinois -- Investigators from the Illinois State Police Friday announced they are upgrading charges filed against Clifford A. Andersen from concealment of a death to concealment of a homicidal death in connection with the disappearance of Deborah Dewey of Ladd, Illinois.

The first is a Class 4 felony and the latter a Class 3 felony.

Clifford A. Anderson. Photo from the Illinois State Police

Clifford A. Anderson. Photo from the Illinois State Police

Clifford was initially charged hours after police announced that Dewey's body had been recovered from a shallow grave in the front yard of a house at at 5th Street and Illinois Route 71 in Standard.

Dewey, age 62, had last been seen on August 22, 2016 in Spring Valley, Illinois, police said.  One week later, her car was found at the TA Truck Stop on Illinois Route 47, north of Interstate 80.

Deborah Dewey

Deborah Dewey