NBC News reports a Tennessee man has been arrested and charged with murder after his wife’s remains were found in a wooded area and identified this week.
Keila Freeman, 29, has been missing since September 6, 2016. Randall Freeman, her husband, told police he heard her come home at 3:30 a.m. that day, but she never came inside the house, according to a police report. He then called Keila’s mother at 6 a.m. looking for her. Keys were still in the ignition of the car, but her purse was inside the home on a coffee table.
According to WMC, the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Keila’s body on Wednesday of this week. Her remains were found on December 19, 2017, in a wooded area close to her home.
It is unclear how the authorities found the area where Keila’s body was found.
Randall has been charged with second-degree murder. The Memphis Police Department has declined to report how Keila was killed or any further details about the investigation. Randall is due in court on Friday.
According to a release from the District Attorney’s office, Randall has been in jail since Keila went missing on a related arson charge. He allegedly threw a flaming object into a family’s home days after her disappearance, causing major damage while five people were inside. The motive is unclear and what type of relationship Randall had with that family, but WREG TV reports that Freeman had been accused of setting a house on fire two days prior to Keila’s disappearance because he suspected the owner of having an affair with Keila.
In July 2015, Freeman also made threatening phone calls to the man and his tires were slashed. There were also at least two other occasions when he threw flaming objects at his home.
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