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Texas Man's Cellphone Location Data Led Police To Buried Body Of His Missing Girlfriend, Affidavit States
Ocastor Ferguson, a married man, was initially charged with kidnapping after his girlfriend Kayla Kelley went missing. He now faces a murder charge after authorities found her burned vehicle abandoned and her corpse in a shallow grave.
Investigators say they used cell phone data to discover where a married man buried the body of the girlfriend he allegedly killed.
Ocastor Shavon Ferguson, 32, was charged on Jan. 14 with kidnapping 33-year-old Kayla Kelley; the charges against him were upgraded to murder when her remains were uncovered in a wooded area near his hometown on Jan. 18.
A newly released probable cause affidavit from the Collin County Sheriff's Office provides more information about how police have linked Ferguson to Kelley's death.
“Location data revealed Ferguson left work on January 10, 2023 and went to a wooded area near his residence,” reads the affidavit. “Investigators went to that area and located Kelley’s body. Kelley was found buried in a shallow grave.”
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Ferguson then drove to the location in the Frisco area where Kelley’s car was recovered, “burned beyond recognition” in a way that was “not consistent with a natural fire,” authorities wrote.
Ferguson then created an account with a ride sharing app, using the service to get a ride from the Frisco area to his house Grand Prairie, according to the affidavit.
Investigators say they recovered text messages Ferguson sent three other women that day“stating Ferguson had a wife and girlfriend.”
Collin County authorities received a missing persons call regarding Kelley on Jan. 11. The following day, deputies were notified by the Frisco Police Department about her burned-out car and began an investigation. Authorities visited her home in McKinney, Texas and found her dog alone without food and water; deputies suspected the animal had been by itself there for several days.
“Friends and relatives advised Kelley’s dog was like her child and she would never leave it alone for an extended period of time,” authorities wrote in the affidavit.
Authorities’ main lead was Kelley’s boyfriend, a married man who her friends and family knew only as “Kevin.”
“Kelley told friends she was going to blackmail ‘Kevin,’” investigators wrote in the affidavit. “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.’”
Using Kelley’s phone records, they were able to identify ‘Kevin’ — listed in her phone as “Kevin Brown,” according to reporting by FOX 4 — as Ferguson.
Upon digging into Ferguson’s background, authorities discovered that the man’s wife had previously reported their 2004 Lexus stolen. That vehicle was located in the parking lot of Kelley’s duplex. After obtaining a search warrant for the Lexus, police found gloves, duct tape and a blanket in the back seat, authorities stated in the affidavit.
When investigators showed up at his workplace for an initial interview on Jan. 13, Ferguson admitted to being in a relationship with Kelley, but claimed he last saw her on January 10. That day, he claimed, she dropped him off at work around noon and did not return to bring him lunch or pick him up as planned.
Ferguson claimed he last saw her on January 10. That day, he claimed, she dropped him off at work around noon and did not return to bring him lunch or pick him up as planned. He said he didn’t know where Kelley or her vehicle were located.
Collin County Sheriff's deputies subsequently went to Ferguson’s home and spoke to his wife. The woman, who was not named in the document, told investigators that she had received a text message from an unknown number claiming they “needed to tell her something.”
Ferguson’s wife said she did not respond to the message, but told investigators that she thought the person who sent the text was a woman based on the language used in their text exchange, according to previous Oxygen.com reporting. The wife’s phone was broken, police said, and she was unable to share the number she received the texts from with police.
Ferguson was arrested on kidnapping charges on Jan. 14. Those charges were upgraded to murder after authorities announced they'd located Kelley's remains on Jan. 18.
Collin County Jail records show that Ferguson's bond has been set at $1,000,000.
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