MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- A man who authorities say confessed to murdering a woman in 2007 said he has heard voices for 12 years.

Eldee George Henage was arrested by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office Monday.

He is being charged with murder and abuse of a corpse in the case of Nancie Cowan.

Officials say the abuse of a corpse charge is for not properly burying a body.

Cowan was reported missing by her mother in 2007 at the age of 19.

Sheriff's officials say Henage was an inmate and confessed to strangling a woman in 2007.

Sheriff's officials announced the arrest Monday morning and Henage made a bizarre comment on the way to a deputy's car.

I asked, "Something you must want to say?"

Henage said, "I heard voices."

I said, "Voices. You heard voices?"

Henage said, "12 years."

I asked, "What kinds of voices?"

Henage said, "People's voices."

I asked "Don't know who they were. huh?"

Henage said, "They sounded like yours, probably."

Sheriff's officials said they developed information last week that Henage was responsible for a homicide back in 2007 and he, according to Captain Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, "subsequently confessed to strangling and murdering a woman and burying her in his place of residence at the time in Wilmer."

Sheriff's officials believe they were acquaintances in the Wilmer area.

On Saturday, the sheriff's office searched the property and said they found human remains three feet below the ground surface.

Michelle Quinley said she bought the property with her husband about a month ago and saw deputies on the property this weekend.

She said, "They had my property taped off, and there was all kinds of chaos."

On Sunday, she let FOX10 News look at the property sheriffs officials searched including what appeared to be at least one shallow grave in the woods behind a vacant trailer home.

After seeing who deputies arrested, Quinley said she had an encounter with Henage back in 2014.

Quinley said, "I had only had one experience where I had seen and interacted with him at all, and that was just a matter of him being out here rambling and saying some crazy stuff and throwing stuff at my fence trying to knock over my fence post."

She said she didn't know Cowan, but that, Monday, a family member brought flowers to the property.

Quinley said, "I hope that somehow they're able to find a little bit of closure and peace, not wondering.  At least, now they know."

Henage has a long arrest record including charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault last year.

Records show he was supposed to have a hearing in December concerning results of a mental evaluation.

Officials are awaiting forensic work to determine if the remains are a match for the missing woman.

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