DALLAS (AP) – The body of a woman reported missing after she threatened to tell the wife of the man she was dating that she was having an affair has been found buried in a field near her home of Dallas, authorities said.
The body discovered Wednesday evening in Grand Prairie is that of 33-year-old Kayla Kelley, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The Tarrant County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death was pending. She was reported missing last week.
Ocastor Ferguson, 32, was arrested Saturday on a kidnapping charge in Kelley’s disappearance, according to the sheriff’s office. Her burned-out car was found in a remote area of the Dallas suburb of Frisco on January 12, the day after she disappeared. According to an arrest affidavit, his aunt and co-workers said they hadn’t heard from him in days.
Ferguson remained in jail Thursday, where records showed he was also being held on an arson charge. Jail records do not list an attorney for him.
Authorities have charged a man with the murder of his girlfriend. (Source: WFAA/FAMILY OF MISSING WOMAN/BOOKING PHOTO BY FERGUSON (COLLIN COUNTY SHERIFF)/CNN)
Following the identification of Kelley’s body, the sheriff’s office said it is working with the district attorney’s office to determine what additional charges will be filed against Ferguson.
Ferguson told investigators he met Kelley online and they began dating over the summer, the affidavit said. He said he had used a false name with her but would find out her real name and that he was married, she added.
In conversations found by investigators on Ferguson’s phone between him and Kelley, she had told him she would tell his wife about the affair if she didn’t respond, according to the affidavit.
Investigators also found a vehicle that Ferguson’s wife had reported stolen near Kelley’s home in Collin County, north of Dallas, with gloves, duct tape and a blanket inside, according to the sworn statement
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