A Fairbanks woman has been charged with murder after authorities found the body of a man they believe has been missing since November.


According to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers, 50-year-old Monica Forbes was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.


The investigation was set off by a missing persons report called in to troopers on Dec. 4 by the employer of 51-year-old Michael Pope.


“After interviewing friends and family of Pope, Nov. 25 was determined to be the last day anyone reported seeing Pope,” troopers wrote in the release.


After conducting interviews and obtaining a search warrant, authorities searched Pope’s property Monday and discovered a body, tentatively identified as Pope.


“The remains were found in the Chena Pump area,” AST spokesperson, Megan Peters, wrote in an email.


Troopers describe Forbes as a “long-time acquaintance” of Pope’s.


The body is being sent to the Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy and positive identification.


Next of kin have been notified.