(Fulton, Michigan) – A man serving a life sentence for the death of his estranged wife led the authorities eight years ago in Michigan, where he buried her body in exchange for an Xbox.
Doug Stewart, 29, is also allowed to attend a number of prison programs, Sturgis Journal reported.
On Monday he took detectives to a forest area in Kalamazoo County, where he had buried Venus Stewart, 32. He had left two stumps as a landmark.
"I knew I could not forget where she was," he told WWMT-TV.
Doug Stewart lived in Virginia when his estranged wife disappeared in April 2010 from her childhood home in Michigan. Venus Stewart had moved after she accused her husband of domestic violence and molested her daughter, according to police reports.
Doug Stewart was convicted of first-degree murder in 201
Authorities have visited Stewart annually since his conviction to obtain information about the whereabouts of the body.
"The criminal part has been closed and we just kept going to help find the Venus family's closure," said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Todd Peterson
Stewart had long claimed he was not He was involved in the murder, but he said that things had changed when his sister began to reconcile with his wife's family. He said he hopes to make amends with the family.
"I let them know that I did not want that burden on the family or even selfish, and I did not want it anymore," he said. "It's a terrible pain to know that you're hurting people, even beyond the crime you've committed."
The remains are under investigation, but the authorities say they are confident that they have found Venus Stewart.