Polk man accused of assault continues to be held in Midwest

From staff reports

Franklin state police said Friday that they continue to wait for the extradition of a Polk man who is facing various charges in Venango County.

Clayton Hindman, 48, had turned himself in to the sheriff’s office in Ava, Missouri, two days after a woman’s body was discovered in his Hillcrest Avenue residence last month, according to a criminal complaint.

A bullet and shell casing were located during the autopsy performed in Pittsburgh, the complaint said, and the woman’s lower jaw was broken in three places.

Franklin state police had said they believe the body is that of Salina Chilson, of Emlenton, who has been missing since early July, the complaint said.

Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh told the newspaper in July that she couldn’t confirm the identity of the dead woman until she receives results of DNA testing.

Rugh also said in July that she is waiting for the report from forensic experts before making a determination as to the cause and manner of the woman’s death.

Hindman, who waived his extradition hearing in Missouri, faces one felony count of aggravated assault, one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime with intent, one misdemeanor count of simple assault and one misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person.

Hindman’s date of extradition is to be determined, police said Friday.