Boyfriend charged in Albion woman’s murder

Jackie McConnell and Donna Frost. (File photo)
Jackie McConnell and Donna Frost. (File photo)

An Albion man was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend, who went missing and was later found dead.

Jackie Dale McConnell, 47, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Calhoun County on second-degree murder and habitual offender charges.

The body of McConnell’s girlfriend, 42-year-old Donna Jean Frost, was found in a field in the 28000 block of F Drive near Albion two weeks after she went missing.

Frost’s body was located after McConnell was arrested Sunday in North Carolina. Investigators were led to the body following an interview with McConnell, police said.

The Hickory Record, a newspaper in Hickory, North Carolina, is reporting that McConnell confessed to Frost’s murder, and that he was staying with relatives in Conover, N.C., when he turned himself in to police.

McConnell was also charged with failing to comply with the rules of the sex offender registry and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

An autopsy is being conducted on Frost’s body to determine her cause of death.

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