2 Relatives Charged in Melissa Best's Death

Melissa Best's sister- and brother-in-law face charges in connection with the Round Lake mother's death

By Jeff Goldblatt
|  Thursday, May 12, 2011  |  Updated 2:28 PM CDT
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Round Lake Park Mother Vanishes

Melissa Best

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Round Lake Park Mother Vanishes

It was business as usual for 34-year-old Melissa Best until her daughter asked for a ride to a friend's house. Then Best disappeared.
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Two relatives of a Round Lake Park mother found dead in her minivan last month have been criminally charged in connection with her death.

Sherrie Best, Melissa Best's sister-in-law, faces one count of drug-induced homicide and one count of concealing a death involving a homicide. Sherrie Best's husband, Charles Best, faces the same charge of concealing a death. Charles Best is the brother of Melissa Best's husband, Clint.

Melissa Best was missing 11 days before she was found in her minivan in Grayslake. Results of a toxicology test show Best had drugs in her bloodstream consistent with heroin, as well as a blood alcohol content of .22.

Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko refused to discuss how the drugs were administered to Melissa Best but explained that the drug-induced homicide "applies to the person who applied the drug."

Sherrie and Charles Best lived off-and-on over the past several months at the Crossland Economy Studios in Waukegan, an extended-stay hotel, where Melissa Best met up with them, according to police, the day she disappeared.

Police previously have said Best died in Waukegan, and that her body was driven to Grayslake and dumped there.

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