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Body of Collin County woman Kayla Kelley found in Grand Prairie

This photo provided by the Collin County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office shows Kayla Kelley. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.
Collin County Sheriff's Office
This photo provided by the Collin County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office shows Kayla Kelley. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.

Updated Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:56 a.m. CT

The search for Kayla Kelley is officially over.

The Collin County Sheriff's office Thursday confirmed remains found Wednesday near the Grand Prairie home of the man charged with her kidnapping are those of Kelley, 33. The Tarrant County medical examiner said the cause of death was pending.

Friends of Kelley reported her missing Jan. 11. Her burned car was found a day later in a remote area of Frisco. According to an arrest affidavit, her aunt and co-workers said they hadn't heard from her in several days.

Ocastor Ferguson, 32, was arrested Saturday on a kidnapping charge in her disappearance. He is also charged with arson.

The sheriff's office said it is working with the district attorney to determine what additional charges will be brought against Ferguson.

Ferguson told investigators that he met Kelley online and they began dating over the summer, the affidavit said. He said he'd used a fake name with her but that she would figure out his actual name and that he was married, it added.

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

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

Sam Baker is KERA's senior editor and local host for Morning Edition. The native of Beaumont, Texas, also edits and produces radio commentaries and Vital Signs, a series that's part of the station's Breakthroughs initiative. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. He also won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.