Police have discovered a female body in a field in Grand Prairie amid a North Texas search for a missing woman.
The remains of the deceased will be examined by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, which will determine the cause of death as well as the identity of the corpse, reported NBC 5 DFW.
Kayla Kelley, 33, has been missing since January 11 after friends and family said she was going to confront a man she was dating, known to her as Kevin Brown, whose real name was Ocastor Ferguson. Kelley found out that Ferguson was married.
Police were observed blocking traffic in a one-mile residential area near Ferguson’s home, neighbors told NBC 5, in the vicinity of Kingswood Boulevard and Prairie Oak Boulevard. Police had reportedly been at that intersection since the afternoon.
Kelley was reported missing after she had not been seen for several days by her co-workers and family. Her car was found burned and abandoned in Frisco on January 10.
Ferguson was arrested Saturday for allegedly kidnapping Kelley and is being held on $1 million bond at the Collin County Jail, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
According to Ferguson’s arrest affidavit, phone records put him near the spot where the car was discovered.
Ferguson reportedly admitted to being in a relationship with Kelley during an interview with detectives.
A spokesperson for the Grand Prairie Police Department referred questions from the media to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Not far from Grand Prairie, kidnappings in Dallas have risen year-to-date from seven in 2022 to nine so far this year, according to statistics from the Dallas Police Department. The city council’s controversial 2022 approach, which focused City resources and attention on other areas, has continued into the first weeks of 2023.
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