A man from Grand Prairie accused of kidnapping a woman now faces a murder charge as well.
Ocastor Ferguson, 32, is now accused of kidnapping, arson, and now murder after the body of Kayla Kelley, 33, was discovered, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
Online court records show that Ferguson was charged with murder after the body was found buried in a field at the 2800 block of Prairie Oak Boulevard, only one mile away from where Ferguson lives.
Kelley’s cause of death was not listed. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, the body was buried in a wooded area in a “clandestine grave,” as NBC 5 DFW reported on Friday.
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner released a statement on Thursday thanking deputies and the Texas Rangers for finding Kelley’s body.
“As this is an ongoing homicide investigation, details outside what may be contained within an investigator’s search or arrest affidavit will not yet be released,” he said.
Kelley was reported missing on January 11. Her family and co-workers hadn’t heard from her for several days. Her car was found burned and abandoned on January 12.
According to the arrest affidavit, Ferguson admitted that he had been dating Kelley, but used the false name of “Kevin Brown” to hide the fact that he was married. Kelley had reportedly discovered this fact and was preparing to confront him about it.
Investigators have said that, according to phone conversations, Kelley threatened to tell Ferguson’s wife about their affair if he did not respond to her.
The affidavit further said that Ferguson’s wife reported missing a vehicle, which turned out to have duct tape, gloves and a blanket inside of it.
The Dallas Express has noted the increase in crime in nearby Dallas, with as many as 14 murders committed as of January 17, according to crime analytics from the City of Dallas.
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