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Two men arrested following discovery of body behind Dr. Phillips home

Greg Palermo, 50, and Donald Morrison, 59, were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office after they reportedly buried the body of an overdose victim, according to arrest reports.
by: Hannah Swayze News Editor

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Friday, June 7 after they admitted to burying the body of a friend who had died of an overdose, according to an arrest report. 

Greg Palermo, 50, and Donald Morrison, 59, were charged with tampering with physical evidence, mishandling dead human remains and failure to report a death after investigators discovered the body of Brandon Boone in the back yard of a Dr. Phillips home in April. 

Homicide Sergeant Joe Covelli said during a press conference Friday that agents in the OCSO narcotics unit received information saying there was a drug overdose at 5015 Glasgow Ave. and that there was a body buried there. He said an investigation and search of the home led to the discovery of the body of Brandon Boone, who was buried in the yard behind the home. 

On April 14, Boone’s body was exhumed from the property. Covelli confirmed that Boone died from an overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

According to arrest records, both Palermo and Morrison admitted to burying Boone’s body, fearing an investigation because of the nature of his death. 

Morrison and Palermo were both held in lieu of a $11,500 bond as of June 7. 

Hannah Swayze was the News Editor at the West Orange Times & Observer and Southwest Orange Observer. 


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