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Day 2: Team digs up evidence in James Booher case

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ELY (KWWL) -

Day two of investigating is underway in a possible homicide case in rural Linn County.

The Marion Police Department and a team of archaeologists were at an Ely farm home looking for evidence that could be related to the death of 51-year-old James Booher.

Booher turned up missing in June of last year.

According to federal documents, Matthew Robbins, who was an associate of Booher, lived in that Linn County home. He's being currently held on federal weapons charges.

Officials are still not releasing any information -- but we do know a team of archaeologists from Indianapolis University is assisting in this investigation.

A KWWL crew scoped out the scene from a plane, and saw there was a team working on the property on Nederhiser Road.

Now, according to federal documents, Booher and Robbins met at this home on May 31 last year.

Booher was then reported missing four days later.

We dug up court documents that outline a drug deal between the two men on May 31.

Further documents reference a text message conversation from Robbins' ex-wife, noting that Robbins and another man robbed Booher on June 1.

Those documents also state that a few days after the alleged robbery, Robbins moved out of this home -- but not before stripping the carpet, furnishings and fixtures out of the home and burning everything.

KWWL asked the police chief how far along they are in digging up evidence, but he told us the case is so new and active, he can't say at this point.

We'll be following this case closely so as we get more details,m we'll be sure to pass them along to you.

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