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Woman Allegedly Murdered Father Before Encasing His Remains In Concrete Inside Their Home
Just days before the father went missing, he texted his son to say he felt like he had been drugged.
A woman living in a Denver suburb is accused of killing her 69-year-old dad and then sealing his body up in concrete inside the crawlspace of their home.
Dayna Michele Jennings, 44, of Federal Heights is currently being held without bond, according to NBC News. She is facing charges of first-degree murder for the killing of her father William Mussack.
Mussack was reported missing three days after Christmas. Last week, his body was found encased in concrete inside a crawlspace of the home he shared with his daughter, according to an affidavit by the Federal Heights police.
The victim’s son recounted some chilling details of events that occurred in the weeks before Mussack died. Brian Mussack told police his dad texted him in early December and "described the feeling of being drugged and falling asleep in a recliner chair for 15 hours. [...] He recalled taking a bite from a hamburger, and the hamburger was still on an end table with one bite taken out of it when he awoke."
After Mussack was reported missing, police showed up to the home and spoke with his daughter. She told them that her dad didn’t live there. She also mentioned that he lost his phone. Police visited Jennings a second time the following day, and by then she had changed her story: She said her dad was taking a trip to the mountains and that he forgot his phone, the affidavit states.
When police searched the basement, the area that the father reportedly lived in, they found a bed covered in woman’s clothes.
"It appeared the room hadn't been used for several weeks," police wrote in the affidavit, adding that the area smelled like "sewage and something rotting."
Following further investigation, police found out Jennings had rented two garbage dumps and appeared to be removing flooring and carpeting in the home. When police asked her about the home renovations and rented garbage dumps, she allegedly explained she was filling in a crawlspace with concrete.
Jennings stopped talking to investigators once they came back to her home to break up the concrete area of the basement. She also asked for a lawyer, but no attorney has been listed for her.
Soon after breaking up the concrete, police found the human remains of Jennings' father, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.
Jennings' ex-husband has told police that she had "intense and unstable relationship with family, friends and loved ones” according to Fox News.
A preliminary hearing has been set for February 15.
[Photo: Adams County Sheriff's Office]