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Deputies: Teen returns to NC after dad found dead in bin

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Crystal Brooke Howell (Source: Haywood Co. Sheriff's Office) Crystal Brooke Howell (Source: Haywood Co. Sheriff's Office)
Crystal Howell's mugshot after being arrested in Georgia. (Source: Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office website) Crystal Howell's mugshot after being arrested in Georgia. (Source: Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office website)
MAGGIE VALLEY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A 17-year-old is being charged as an adult in the death of her father, the Haywood County Sheriff's Office announced on March 24.

Crystal Brooke Howell, of Maggie Valley, has been charged with first-degree murder after her father, 50-year-old Michael Howell, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said Michael Howell's body was found by people looking to rent his property on Pless Underwood Road in the Sheepback Mountain community. 

Deputies said they received the information about the death on March 22 when the people reported finding a body at the property to Waynesville police. According to the initial incident report, when investigators went to the property, they found a man's body in a blue plastic container in a shed.

Crystal Howell was arrested the following day in Richmond County, GA, on a warrant from Haywood County charging her with concealing her father's death, deputies said. 

A short time after the autopsy determined the cause of death, an arrest warrant was signed on the first-degree murder charge, according to the sheriff's office.

Howell was brought back to Haywood County on April 3 after she waived her extradition proceedings in Georgia, according to deputies.

Deputies said she will be will be held without bond until her 96-hour hearing. 

A court date is scheduled for April 28. 

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