A search is underway for a Texas woman who was reported missing a week ago and whose car was later found in a desolate area before authorities detained a person of interest.
Friends reported that 33-year-old Kayla Kelley disappeared on January 11 after not hearing from her for several days. Her car was later found “in a remote area of Frisco,” a city about 30 miles north of Dallas, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities arrested Ocastor Ferguson, 32, also known as Kevin Brown, on January 14 for kidnapping after identifying him as a person of interest in Kelley’s disappearance, and he is being held at the Collin County Detention Center with a $1 million bail, according to the sheriff’s office and an online jail log.
The online jail log shows that Ferguson is married. Contact information for his wife could not immediately be located.
It is not clear if Ferguson has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
The Collin County sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office could not immediately be reached.
A local nonprofit, Search One Rescue Team, which helps law enforcement with lost and missing cases, told NBC affiliate KXAS of Dallas that the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers requested their help in the search on Friday and Monday, respectively.
Paul Lake, the organization’s founder and CEO, told KXAS that advice from the public is often key to solving cases like this.
“Usually, especially in a profile like this, where the final information to solve the case will come from, is someone who has seen something that maybe they didn’t even know they saw or knew something they didn’t realize. it was pertinent,” Lake said.