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Cedar City man suspected in his mother's disappearance now charged with killing her

The 5th District Court in Cedar City is pictured on Wednesday April 7, 2021.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City man already charged with burying human remains in a cellar and pouring concrete over them is now directly accused of killing his mother.

Amended criminal charges have been filed in the case of Joshua James Glover, 33, in 5th District Court. Glover was originally charged in September with abuse or desecration of a body, a second-degree felony, but now he also faces a charge of murder, a first-degree felony.

Kay Gosewisch, 73, disappeared in April 2020. Police were first called to conduct a welfare check at her Cedar City home on July 31. But the investigation started to pick up momentum about two weeks later when officers were asked to look into suspicious activity regarding the woman's bank account. Her son, Glover, had attempted to withdraw several thousand dollars and had been using his mother's account regularly to withdraw money, according to court documents.

On Aug. 31, police served a search warrant on Gosewisch's residence and reported finding human remains wrapped in a tarp and buried under newly poured concrete in an old root cellar in an outbuilding in the backyard.

Joshua James Glover, 33, of Cedar City
Joshua James Glover, 33, of Cedar City (Photo: Iron County Jail)

Glover was arrested a couple of days later and charged with abuse or desecration of a dead body. A murder charge was not filed at that time, however, because the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office was working to positively identify the remains and attempt to determine a cause of death.

Charging documents list April 14, 2020, as the date when Goseswisch was killed.

The Iron County Attorney's Office has not yet released how Glover's mother was killed, but confirmed Friday that the remains were identified as Gosewisch.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled to take place on March 29, but it was postponed and no new date for it has been set.

In addition to murder and desecration charges, Glover also faces several drug- and weapon-related offenses as well as a charge of failing to stop at the command of police.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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