Prosecutors release details in former Salem woman’s murder

CARBONDALE — While a third person has been charged in connection with the death of a former Salem woman whose burned body was discovered in Carbondale this summer, 23 year-old Lauren Stinde is the first and only person to be charged with murder in the investigation.

According to court documents, Stinde is accused of hitting Robin Stief in the head with a hammer, strangled her and suffocated her.

Now Stinde faces two count of first-degree murder along with concealing a homicidal death. Prosecutors say Stinde had help disposing of Stief’s body.

Last month, prosecutors charged 22-year-old Tiesha Anderson and 25-year-old Robert Dennis with concealing Stief’s death. They’re both due in court Thursday for first appearances on the charges against them.

They say group knowingly worked together to place Stief’s body in a trash can and hide it in the wooded area in Carbondale.

That’s where investigators found Stief’s burned body back in August after someone reported seeing smoke and smelling something burning in the area.

Since then police have been looking for leads in the case.