UPDATE: Couple charged in missing woman case to be sent back to Fla.

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UPDATE 3/21/17 @ 11:30 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The two people arrested in the disappearance of a Florida woman are heading back to Florida.

Roy Nichols Jr. and Kayla Colyer waived their rights at an extradition hearing Tuesday in a Cabell County courtroom.

Investigators say Nichols told them Tricia Freeman died in a struggle.

Police say Colyer is Freeman’s daughter and Nichols is Colyer’s boyfriend.

Nichols faces second degree murder charges, and Colyer was charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

Ashland Police found Freeman's car abandoned in Central Park.

The two will have a court date in Cabell County on April 18 if authorities in Florida haven't picked them up yet.



UPDATE 3/20/17 @ 6:20 p.m.
PALMETTO, Fla. (WSAZ) -- The investigation of a missing Florida woman whose car was found abandoned in Ashland, Kentucky continues with new developments in the case being revealed.

Palmetto Police say Tricia Freeman was reported missing by friends Wednesday after not hearing from her since the Monday before.

Freeman’s car was found Thursday in Ashland Central Park by park maintenance after it had been in the park for two days.

Police say when they ran the car’s tags the missing persons report on Freeman came up, and they contacted Palmetto Police.

Early Saturday morning Ashland Police issued a BOLO on Roy Nichols Jr., 26, and Kayla Colyer, 21, both of Florida. Police say Colyer is Freeman’s daughter and Nichols is Colyer’s boyfriend. Police say the couple had been spotted on surveillance cameras at the South Point Walmart and at the time were only wanted for car theft.

Just hours after the BOLO was issued, Nichols and Colyer were arrested by Cabell County deputies at the Go-Mart on Route 60 in Huntington.

“Ashland Police Detectives interviewed both and received detailed confessions from Nichols and Colyer in their involvement of Freeman,” said Ashland Police Chief, Todd Kelley. “Evidence was obtained that Nichols murdered Tricia Freeman with involvement by Colyer. Both revealed that Freeman was murdered in Florida and her body was discarded there and not here in the Tri-state area.”

“This case has been an interesting case,” said Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler. “The case really started moving pretty fast late Thursday night into Friday. There’s been a lot of developments.”

Palmetto police say Nichols told them in an interview that Freeman died Tuesday during a struggle. Police say Colyer was not around at the time of Freeman’s death.

Investigators say Nichols told them he and Colyer put Freeman in her own car, dumped it in another part of Florida, and drove the car to Ashland. Nichols says he had an acquaintance in the area which is why they drove the almost 1,000 miles to Ashland to ditch the car.

There is no word on if that acquaintance helped the pair get around the Tri-State.

Monday afternoon new developments released when deputies in Levy County, Florida found human remains believed to be Freeman’s.
Despite arrests, a confession, and the recovery of remains, police in both Ashland and Palmetto say this case is not closed just yet.

“We still have some more evidence to obtain,” said Kelley. “There's some loose ends that we have to tie up here that we've established from the investigation that we've conducted. By no means are we stopping… We assure you that our investigation will continue and will assist in every way to ensure that justice is served for her.”

Nichols and Colyer were taken to Western Regional Jail to await extradition back to Florida.

Nichols faces second degree murder charges, and Colyer was charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said the two stayed with friends in Chesapeake, but the two had already moved on to a house in West Virginia once the sheriff's office began investigating.

Sheriff Lawless says it doesn't seem the friends were aware of what Nichols and Colyer had done.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 3/20/17 @ 2:20 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY, Fla. (WSAZ) -- The remains believed to be those of a missing Florida woman have been found.

Palmetto Police say human remains located in Levy County, Fla. may belong to Tricia Freeman who was reported missing Wednesday.

Freeman's car was found abandoned in Ashland Central Park on Thursday.

Freeman's daughter, Kayla Colyer, and Colyer's boyfriend, Roy Nichols Jr. were arrested in Cabell County Saturday on fugitive from justice charges in connection to the car theft.

The pair allegedly admitted to police that Nichols killed Freeman Tuesday after a struggle and left her body in another part of Florida before coming to our region where police say Nichols has an acquaintance.

Palmetto police say they are in Levy County with the Manatee County Homicide Task Force investigating the crime scene and the remains.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this developing story.



UPDATE 3/19/17 @ 11:33 p.m.
PALMETTO, Fla. (WSAZ) -- Investigators say a man has confessed to killing a missing Palmetto, Fla. woman and abandoning her car in Ashland, Kentucky.

According to the Palmetto Police Department, officers in Palmetto say Tricia Freeman was killed by her daughter's boyfriend. That's according to a confession from the boyfriend.

Freeman was reported missing on Wednesday, after she did not show up for work and did not contact anyone.

According to Police Chief Scott Tyler, Freeman was murdered by her daughter's boyfriend, 26-year-old Roy Nichols Jr., on Tuesday during a struggle at Freeman's home.

Freeman's daughter, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, was taken into custody with Nichols early Saturday morning at a truck stop in Cabell County. Palmetto Police say a clerk recognized them from a news broadcast and alerted authorities.

Investigators say during an interview, Nichols admitted to killing Freeman in her home during a struggle Tuesday. Police say Colyer was not there at the time.

Nichols told investigators he and Colyer then put Freeman in her car and dumped her body in another part of Florida. Police say the two then drove the car to Kentucky, where Nichols had an acquaintance.
Investigators say the pair abandoned it in Central Park in Ashland. Police searched the car on Friday and found blood inside.

Police say they have not found Freeman's body yet but are still searching the location where Nichols told investigators he disposed of her.

Nichols will face a murder charge. Colyer will be charged with accessory after the fact.

The Palmetto Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and the Cabell County Sheriff's Department helped with the investigation.



UPDATE 3/19/17 @ 12:33 p.m.
PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA/WSAZ) -- Investigators say a man has confessed to killing a missing Palmetto, Fla. woman and abandoning her car in Ashland, Kentucky.

According to our affiliate, WFLA, officers in Palmetto say Tricia Freeman was killed by her daughter's boyfriend. That's according to a confession from the boyfriend.

Freeman was reported missing earlier this week, after she did not show up for work and did not contact anyone. The Palmetto Police Department released more information Sunday about what happened to Freeman.

According to Police Chief Scott Tyler, Freeman was murdered by her daughter's boyfriend, 26-year-old Roy Nichols Jr., on Tuesday during a struggle at Freeman's home.

Freeman's daughter, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, was taken into custody with Nichols early Saturday morning in Cabell County.

Investigators say during an interview, Nichols admitted to murdering Freeman. Police say Colyer was not there at the time.

Nichols told investigators he and Colyer then put Freeman in her car and dumped her body in another part of Florida. Police say the two then drove the car to Kentucky, where they abandoned it in Central Park in Ashland. Investigators searched the car on Friday and found blood inside.

Police say they have not found Freeman's body yet but are still searching the location where Nichols told investigators he disposed of her.

Nichols will face a murder charge. Colyer will be charged with accessory after the fact.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this developing story.



UPDATE 3/18/17 @ 10:50 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people wanted in connection with the theft of a missing woman's vehicle have been arrested in Cabell County, West Virginia.

According to the Cabell County Sheriff's Department, Roy Nichols and Kayla Colyer, were arrested Saturday morning at the Go-Mart on Route 60.

Nichols and Colyer are at the Cabell County Courthouse awaiting arraignment.

According to Ashland Police, Colyer is the daughter of Tricia Freeman who Palmetto, Fl. police say was reported missing Wednesday before her car was found abandoned Thursday evening in Ashland's Central Park.

Police say Nichols is Colyer's boyfriend.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 3/18/17 @ 4:00 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two people are wanted in connection with the theft of a missing woman's vehicle.

According to Ashland Police, Roy Nichols, 26, and Kayla Colyer, 21, are both wanted for stealing a vehicle belonging to Tricia Freeman.

Freeman was reported missing Wednesday in Florida.

Police say Nichols and Colyer stole Freeman's car and ditched it in Central Park in Ashland, Kentucky.

Investigators found that vehicle Thursday.

According to police, Nichols and Colyer were last seen in the South Point area of Ohio at Walmart on Friday.

Ashland Police have been working in connection with the Palmetto Police Department in Florida since the vehicle was discovered Thursday.

Warrants have been issued for both Nichols and Colyer for the theft of the vehicle.

If you have any information about where the two may be, you're asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 606-327-2074.

UPDATE 3/17/17 @ 10:35 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Ashland Police say they are investigating the discovery of a car found in a missing person case from Palmetto, Florida.

Detectives with APD's Criminal Investigations Section are working with Palmetto Police detectives on the case.

Ashland Police Maj. Mark McDowell tells WSAZ the car of Tricia Freeman, 47, of Palmetto, was found in Central Park Thursday evening by park maintenance. McDowell says crews were closing the park and doing one last drive through when they noticed a mysterious car with Florida tags still parked.

Meanwhile in Palmetto, almost 1,000 miles away from Ashland, police have been searching for Freeman since Wednesday when close friends say they hadn’t seen or heard from her since Monday afternoon. Something Freeman’s friend, Mark Cordevant says is out of character.

“We talked to her Monday night,” Cordevant said. “My wife talked to her at 10:30, and then on Tuesday she was supposed to show up at work to get her husband's tools; he passed away. And she didn't show up at work to get the tools so I called her then, didn't get an answer. I called her later that day didn't get an answer. My wife called her and we thought she was just working.”

But as time went on without hearing from Freeman, Cordevant says he and his wife went to her house to check in. He says her car was gone, a fence had been shoved in, and her 15 dogs had been left unattended.

“These dogs here and the pups she's got inside her house are her babies,” Cordevant said. “If she left and had to go to an emergency or something she would've called me and my wife or her friend and we would've came over and took care of the dogs.”

“When adults disappear, adults have every right to disappear, but it raised some red flags especially since her dogs hadn't been cared for,” said Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler.

Tyler says officers issued a BOLO for Freeman’s car and called the discovery of her car in Ashland “disturbing.”

“Hopefully she calls in, hopefully she shows up, and everything's fine and there's a reasonable explanation,” Tyler said. “But I think there's enough red flags, and we're concerned for her safety and very anxious to find her.”

Ashland police say they are searching the car for any clues, but the investigation is still in its early stages.

McDowell says right now it is unclear what connections, if any, Freeman has to the Ashland area.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/17/17 @ 3:59 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Ashland Police say they are investigating the discovery of a car found in a missing person case from Palmetto, Florida.

Detectives with APD's Criminal Investigations Section are working with Palmetto Police detectives on the case, according to an APD news release.

Palmetto Police says the car belong to Tricia Freeman, 47, of Palmetto.

According to a release, the car was found abandoned at a park in Ashland.

Ashland Police say a search warrant is being executed to look for potential evidence in the case.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information




 
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