COSHOCTON -- Two individuals are facing criminal charges in connection with the murder and disappearance of Michael L. Hamm, 26, a Coshocton resident, earlier this month.
Jordan Lee Green, 31, Newcomerstown, is facing one count of murder while Anthony L.S. Estvanko, 30, Coshocton, has been charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Green remained incarcerated in the Coshocton County Jail on a $1 million bond. Meanwhile, bond for Estvanko was set at $15,000 when he appeared in court.
Green and Estvanko are two of the three suspects arrested by Coshocton County sheriff's deputies.
Preliminary hearings for Green and Estvanko have been scheduled for May 31 in the Coshocton Municipal Court.
If convicted, Green faces life in prison and Estvanko faces a prison sentence of between nine and 36 months and up to a $10,000 fine.
According to Sheriff Tim Rogers, family and friends of Hamm, 26, reported him missing on May 16. That started an in-depth investigation into his whereabouts.
On May 19, a 2001 Ford Ranger belonging to Hamm was located in Linton Township in southern Coshocton County.
Two days later, Green, Estvanko and a third suspect, Paul M. Wilcox III, 29, of Coshocton, were taken into custody. Wilcox has also been charged with tampering with evidence.
On Monday, human remains were located and recovered in the Wills Creek area of Linton Township. The following day, Dr. Robert Gwinn with the Coshocton County Coroner's Office ruled that the remains were those of Hamm.
At Wednesday's hearing,Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given said that Estvanko and Wilcox had been asked by Green to destroy Hamm's vehicle.
"Mr. Estvanko and Mr. Wilcox on or about May 15, 2017, with keys given to them by Mr. Green, drove the victim's vehicle out to a remote portion of Linton Township in Coshocton County, Ohio, and hid it in dense brush. They left it there," the prosecutor said.
Given said that both Estvanko and Wilcox have confessed to their part in the crime.
The sheriff's office is not releasing the motive for Hamm's death.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, 740-622-2411.
The case remained under investigation by sheriff's detectives.