DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Two men were recently arrested in relation to the disappearance of a Decatur woman. A sworn statement from police reveals more details of this case.

On Nov. 11, 2020, Decatur Police responded to a missing person complaint filed by Annette Crutchfield. Annette reported that she had not seen her daughter, 43-year-old Norma Crutchfield, for about three weeks.

Annette told police Norma was living with a man named Troy Slaw at 1176 East Olive Street. She also told police that Norma had been staying with her because Slaw hit Norma, leaving Norma with two black eyes for about two to three weeks.

Annette said the last time she saw her daughter was when she dropped her daughter off at Slaw’s place.

According to police officers, Slaw indeed lived at 1176 E Olive Street. It was reported that he was dating Norma.

On Nov. 30, 2020, a detective asked Slaw about Norma’s whereabouts. He then told the detective he knew Norma and that she would occasionally come to his house if she needed a place to stay.

On Dec. 11, 2020, Decatur Police learned that Chase Freeman might know where Norma was. They made contact with him to know more about what had happened. When talking to police, Freeman said, sometime during the month of November 2020, Slaw asked him to come over to his house on E Olive Street, saying someone had broken into his house.

Freeman stated that he went to Slaw’s house, walked into his bedroom, opened the closet door and saw a dead woman in the closet. He said the woman had a knife wound to her chest and it looked like she had been there for days. He also said everything in the bathroom was covered. Police then showed Freeman a picture of Norma and he said the dead woman was Norma.

Freeman continued to tell police that Slaw told him he had stabbed the woman in the chest and killed her. Freeman said Slaw was asking him for help with disposing of the body. At first, Freeman said he did not help Slaw but after another interview was conducted, Freeman admitted to police that he helped Slaw.

On Dec. 12, 2020, a search warrant was conducted at Slaw’s place on E Olive Street. The closet where Freeman said Norma was and Slaw’s bathroom were searched for DNA/blood. Investigators said they located numerous places in these areas that tested positive for the presence of blood.

The State Crime Laboratory was able to obtain a DNA profile from the blood in the closet and bathroom. It was then compared to the known DNA profile for Norma that was in the Illinois State Police DNA Database. The profiles were a match, according to officers.

On Jan. 23, 2021, Freeman had to talk to police again. This time, he told police that on the day Slaw showed him Norma’s body, Slaw asked him to move Norma’s body to the bathroom where it was lined with plastic curtains and other items so that they could dismember her body. Freeman said he refused to do so and left Slaw’s place.

Freeman told police he came back the following day to stand guard on the porch while Slaw dismembered Norma’s body. The day after that, Freeman said he came back to help clean blood stains and carried two large garbage bags from Slaw’s place to his place and placed them in a large garbage can.

Police said when they asked if Freeman thought Norma’s body was inside the bags, he said most likely.

Police obtained another search warrant for Slaw’s place on E Olive Street. They said they saw blood-like substances in the dining room’s wall. There were also large areas in the dining room and living room where investigators detected the presence of blood. The DNA profile located in the blood stains on the carpet were compared to the known DNA profile for Norma that was in the Illinois State Police DNA database. The profiles were a match.