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A Texas man has been charged in the killing of his girlfriend after she allegedly discovered he was married and using a fake name, according to law enforcement.
Ocastor Ferguson, 32, has been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of Kayla Kelley, 33, who was reported missing earlier this month. Her body was found on Wednesday.
Kelley was reported missing on Jan. 11 after friends and co-workers hadn’t seen her for several days. Ferguson, who was identified by authorities early on as a person of interest in the case, was arrested in relation to her disappearance three days later.
Ferguson was initially charged with kidnapping and arson charges related to Kelley’s disappearance after the missing woman’s car was found torched on a dirt road in Frisco, Texas, Fox Fort Worth affiliate station KDFW reported.
During their initial investigation into Kelley’s disappearance, authorities learned she began dating a man named “Kevin,” who ultimately turned out to be Ferguson, last summer. Ferguson, who met her online, per deputies, however, was married at the time they connected, case court documents stated.
“She recently found out he was married,” authorities said in court documents, per Law and Crime. “Kelley told friends she was going to blackmail ‘Kevin.’ Friends and family advised Kelley they did not want to talk to her about dating a married man, so no one had any further information about ‘Kevin.’”
Ferguson allegedly told investigators that he knew Kelley but had concealed his identity due to his marriage.
After speaking with Ferguson's wife, investigators learned that a stranger had reached out to his spouse on Feb. 4.
“Ferguson’s wife never made contact with the person, but felt it was a female based on the language used in the text exchange," an affidavit stated. "The wife’s phone was broken, so she was unable to provide the number she received the text messages from.”
Additional court documents allege that digital evidence further tied Ferguson to Kelley’s suspected abduction. According to investigators, the 33-year-old’s mobile device was last used shortly before 7 p.m. on Jan. 10.
“The last location of her phone was in the area of Ferguson’s work in the Dallas area," the case records stated.
Ferguson also allegedly admitted that he was with her the same day and that he went to her home after she picked him up for work. The accused Texas man claimed she was supposed to come drop off his lunch later in the day, but that she never showed up, according to Law and Crime.
Investigators said that Ferguson later bought a lighter and gas can the same day.
“The analysis showed Ferguson was at work on January 10th and left and went to his residence in Grand Prairie, Texas,” authorities also wrote in court documents. “He then left and drove up Dallas North Tollway and went to the area of Kelley’s duplex and then drove to the area where Kelley’s vehicle was found burned. Ferguson then traveled back to his house in Grand Prairie.”
Ferguson’s Lexus, which had been reported stolen by his wife, was also found near Kelley’s home. Inside, detectives seized gloves, duct tape and a blanket, according to ABC affiliate WFAA. He claimed it had been parked there "because he was hiding it from his wife."
"There is reason to believe that Ocastor Ferguson did then and there intentionally and knowingly abduct Kayla Kelley," the affidavit added.
On Jan. 18, Kelley’s body was found in a “clandestine grave” in a field by a wooded area in the 2800 block of Prairie Oak Boulevard in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her remains were found less than a mile from Ferguson’s residence, CBS News reported.
Kelley’s cause of death is still pending, according to Tarrant County Medical Examiner autopsy records obtained by Oxygen.com.
Ferguson is being held at a Collin County detention center, per additional online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. He’s being held on a $1 million bond. It’s unclear if he’s obtained legal representation to comment on his behalf.
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