Authorities discovered the body of a woman who went missing after threatening to tell the wife of the man she was dating that he was having an affair in a field near his Dallas-area home.
Kayla Kelley, 33, was discovered dead in Grand Prairie on Wednesday evening, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. The medical examiner’s office in Tarrant County said the cause of death was under investigation. Last week, she was reported missing.
According to the sheriff’s office, Ocastor Ferguson, 32, was arrested on a kidnapping charge in Kelley’s disappearance on Saturday. Her burned-out car was discovered on Jan. 12, the day after she went missing, in a remote area of the Dallas suburb of Frisco.
Her aunt and coworkers said they hadn’t heard from her in several days, according to an arrest affidavit.
Ferguson remained in jail on Thursday, where he was also being held on an arson charge, according to court records. His attorney was not listed in jail records.
Following the identification of Kelley’s body, the sheriff’s office stated that it is collaborating with the district attorney’s office to determine what additional charges will be filed against Ferguson.
Ferguson told investigators that he met Kelley online and that they began dating over the summer, according to the affidavit. He said he’d used a fictitious name with her but that she’d figure out his real name and that he was married, it added.
In conversations found by investigators on Ferguson’s phone between him and Kelley, she’d told him that she would tell his wife about the affair if he didn’t answer her, according to the affidavit.
Investigators also discovered a vehicle Ferguson’s wife reported stolen near Kelley’s home in Collin County, north of Dallas, with gloves, duct tape, and a blanket inside, according to the affidavit.