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Damon Smoot, 36, was arraigned in Bucks County on Tuesday morning for the murder of Adam Brundage, last seen in October 2004, before his 27th birthday.
According to the criminal complaint, Smoot says he and Brundage went to Haines and Kibblehouse Quarry in Chalfont, Bucks County, where Smoot worked.
He said they were getting sand for a job they were working on, and they got into some kind of argument.
Court documents say over the years Smoot gave Brundage’s family several reasons for his disappearance, telling Brundage's mother he went to Wisconsin because he had cancer, and that he went to West Virginia for drug rehab.
"So he killed him. And he assumed his life, in a way," Weintraub said. "He moved into his house, weeks before murdering him, started driving his car."
Weintraub says they would not have found the body without Smoot's cooperation — important, he says, for the family.
"It has to be a bittersweet feeling, but I think they can now know Adam will be resting in peace," he said.
Smoot is already serving a 5- to 10-year prison sentence from 2011 for aggravated assault and kidnapping.
This is the third cold case solved in Bucks county since 2016. In 2017, George Shaw was found guilty of murdering 14-year-old Barbara Rowan in 1984. And last month, William Korzon pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Gloria Korzon, in 1981.