On Wednesday, a Texas woman was discovered dead in a shallow grave after telling friends she was “going to blackmail” her boyfriend after discovering he was married and using a false name. Kayla Kelley’s body was discovered not far from the home of the man suspected of kidnapping her, according to WFAA.
The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Ocastor Ferguson, has since been arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping and arson. “We believe the person responsible for her death is in custody,” Sheriff Jim Skinner told the news outlet.
According to Ferguson’s arrest affidavit, he and Kelley had been dating since last summer and met online. Ferguson, on the other hand, was said to have used a false name while dating the victim. Ferguson also told investigators that he used to meet Kelley at her home and other locations, according to the affidavit. Kelley, according to the suspect, never came to his Grand Prairie home.
According to the affidavit, Kelley told her friends that she was going to “blackmail ‘Kevin,'” after discovering he was married and using a false name. Investigators also went through Ferguson’s phone and discovered text messages he sent to Kelley. According to the affidavit, Kelley told Ferguson that if he did not respond to her, she would inform his wife about their affair.
Ferguson’s wife told investigators that an unknown person texted her on January 4 about something that needed to be discussed, according to the affidavit, but the suspect’s wife did not text back.
Following Kelley’s disappearance, authorities discovered her vehicle on a county road on January 12. According to the affidavit, the victim’s car was “burned beyond recognition,” and the incident “was not consistent with a natural fire.”
Authorities also conducted a background check on Ferguson and discovered that the married couple’s vehicle had been reported stolen by his wife, according to WFAA. According to the affidavit, Ferguson’s vehicle was discovered not far from Kelley’s Collin County home. Investigators also discovered gloves, duct tape, and a blanket in the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, the suspect told investigators that Kelley was supposed to bring him lunch on January 13, but she did not show up. Ferguson also stated that his car was near Kelley’s house “because he was hiding it from his wife.”
According to the affidavit, Ferguson went to work on January 10 but returned home before driving to a location near Kelley’s house. He also went to the location where Kelley’s burned vehicle was discovered before returning home, according to the affidavit.
However, during a conversation with investigators, Ferguson claimed he had not gone to the location where the victim’s car was discovered, according to the affidavit, adding that the suspect also claimed he had no idea what had happened. Ferguson also claimed he was driving around that time and the victim was a passenger, according to the affidavit. The suspect also claimed to know nothing else.
“There is reason to believe that Ocastor Ferguson did then and there intentionally and knowingly abduct Kayla Kelley,” the affidavit stated.
Ferguson is being held on a $1 million bond.