Texas woman Kayla Kelley’s body found near the home of a man she was dating

The body of a woman who was reported missing after she threatened to tell the wife of the man she was dating that she was having an affair was found buried in a field near his Dallas-area home, authorities said.

The body discovered Wednesday night in Grand Prairie is that of Kayla Kelley, 33, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The Tarrant County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death is pending. She was reported missing last week.

Ocastor Ferguson, 32, was arrested Saturday on a kidnapping charge in Kelly’s disappearance, according to the sheriff’s office. Her burned-out car was found in a remote area of ​​the Dallas suburb of Frisco on January 12, the day after she was reported missing. According to an arrest affidavit, her aunt and co-workers said they hadn’t heard from her in several days.

Ferguson remained in jail Thursday, where records showed he was also being held on an arson charge. Jail records do not list an attorney for him.

Ocaster Ferguson.
Police arrested Ocastor Ferguson in connection with Kelley’s disappearance.

After Kelley’s body was identified, the sheriff’s office said it was working with the district attorney’s office to determine what additional charges would be filed against Ferguson.

Ferguson told investigators he met Kelley online and they began dating over the summer, the affidavit said. She said he had used a fake name with her but that she would find out his real name and that he was married, she added.

In conversations investigators found on Ferguson’s phone between him and Kelley, he had told him he would tell his wife about the affair if she didn’t respond, according to the affidavit.

Investigators also found that a vehicle that Ferguson’s wife had reported stolen was located near Kelley’s home in Collin County, which is north of Dallas, with gloves, duct tape and a blanket inside, the affidavit said.