James V. Cullum, 21, of 105 Fifth St., was charged by Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd Sunday with first degree murder and armed criminal action.
At 11:56 a.m. Sunday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call about a dead body which was discovered by a couple of fishermen.
The body was found protruding from a culvert in a pond which is located behind the house immediately north of the Kingdom Hall on North Ingram Road.
The body appeared to have been in the culvert for a couple weeks, according to authorities. The identity of the victim, a black woman, is known but is being withheld until the next of kin is located and notified. Authorities believe the family members are presently out of state.
The case was brought to a successful conclusion Sunday in a little over six hours after the victim was found, according to DPS officials.
During the investigation, Cullum was identified as a person of interest and questioned about events related to the death of the victim.
While being interviewed, Cullum admitted to killing the victim at the location the body was found.
The body is currently in the possession of the Scott County Coroners Office and the investigation is still in progress.
Scott County Coroner Scott Amick would not confirm the cause of death.
"The autopsy is being performed and we're going to wait for that before confirming anything," he said.
Amick also refused at this time to speculate as to how long the victim has been dead, although he did say "it had been (there) for some time."
He predicted autopsy results should be ready sometime today.