Murder charges have been brought against the husband of a missing Tennessee woman whose remains were found just before Christmas and identified Wednesday Jan. 10, NBC reported.
The discovery of a body on Dec. 19, 2017, in a wooded area not far from the home of 29-year-old Keila Freeman was a break in the case, which had grown cold since the woman was last seen in September 2016 at her house in Memphis.
Randall Freeman, the murder suspect, has been in prison since shortly after the woman’s disappearance in what police say is a related arson charge.
The man allegedly threw a flaming object into the home of a family of five a few days after Freeman went missing.
Neighbor Alfreda Taylor told WMC-TV reporters she saw Freeman in her driveway the night before she disappeared.
“We just—she was on her phone and I just kinda waved at her,” Taylor told WMC-TV. “But, I didn’t get much response.”
The victim’s husband reportedly told police that he last saw his wife when she arrived home in the early hours of the morning, but he said after pulling into the garage she did not come inside.
According to a WMC-TV report detectives were initially treating the disappearance as a missing persons investigation, but a homicide team had also been called in due to irregularities in the case.
“There are some things that are suspicious, which is why we’re working it the way we are because things weren’t initially adding up,” Colonel Marcus Worthy of the Memphis police told reporters.
According to a police affidavit obtained by WMC-TV, Randall Freeman contacted the woman’s mother the next morning to inquire as to her whereabouts. But investigators found that while the car keys were still in the ignition of her car, her purse was inside the house on the coffee table.
It is reported that the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Keila Freeman’s remains Wednesday.
A press release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office said Keila Freeman’s remains were found on Dec. 19, 2017 in a wooded area not far from her home.
Police have not revealed what led them to the location of Freeman’s body.
Her husband now faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with Freeman’s death.
“It’s just a really heartbreaking situation all the way around,” Freeman’s friend and sorority sister Ebonie Reed told WMC-TV. “That was her husband and someone she loved and trust with her life.”
No further information has been released.