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CARMI, Ill. (AP) — A man is being held in southern Illinois on $2 million bond in the shooting death of an Indiana woman whose body was found in a cornfield.

Thomas Davidson, 25, appeared in court Monday in Carmi in White County, along the Indiana border.

He’s charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Davidson is formerly of Carmi.

Sheriff Doug Maier says the body of Sandra Burkhardt, 58, was found Saturday near Crossville in Illinois, a day after she disappeared.

She was last being seen leaving a grocery store in Indiana’s Gibson County.

Maier says an autopsy Sunday showed that the woman from Poseyville, Ind. had been shot four times.

Indiana police arrested Davidson Saturday while investigating a string of burglaries in the area.

Maier says authorities found Burkhardt’s body with Davidson’s help.

After a string of burglaries and a second shooting that spanned at least four counties and two states — Indiana and Illinois, Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard said the trail led authorities to a white SUV in a secluded area of White County where Davidson surrendered.

“It’s not real common that an individual do what I call a one-man crime wave in one day like this and be in so many jurisdictions,” Ballard told the Evansville Courier Press.

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