Wednesday, March 22, 2023

A woman’s body found close to residence of man suspected of kidnapping Collin County woman Kayla Kelley

A female body was found in a wooded area in Grand Prairie.

The body was found less than a mile from the home of Ocastor Ferguson, the man accused of kidnapping Collin County woman Kayla Kelley, 33.

Authorities could not confirm the body but are working to identify it.

Kelley was reported missing on Jan. 11. 2023

While investigating, Ferguson, 32 was arrested on kidnapping charges. His bond was set at $1 million.

According to an affidavit, Ferguson and Kelley had been dating but that he was using a different name, Kevin. The affidavit stated that Kelley recently learned Ferguson was married after finding out his real identity.

The affidavit stated that Kelley’s vehicle had been found “burned beyond recognition” in a remote area of Frisco on Jan. 12.

Ferguson’s vehicle, which was reported stolen by his wife, would eventually be found near Kelley’s residence, according to the affidavit. Authorities said that phone records also showed that Ferguson had driven to the area where Kelley’s vehicle was found.

The affidavit stated that Ferguson denied knowing what happened to Kelley.

According to the affidavit, text messages between Kelley and Ferguson showed that Kelley said she would tell his wife about their affair if he didn’t answer her.

Ferguson told investigators he and Kelley met online and started dating in 2022 and that he used a fake name. He said Kelley eventually learned his real identity.

The Collin County Sheriff’s Office determined there was enough evidence to arrest Ferguson on a kidnapping charge.

Anyone who may have information on Kelley’s disappearance is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 972-547-5100 or text 847411.

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