Gloria Gary, 49, disappeared Jan. 3; Kyle Jepson, 22, is accused of her murder.
(Des Moines Police Department)
A missing 49-year-old woman was killed and her body hidden in her house, where no one could see it, Des Moines, Iowa, police said Friday.
Gloria Gary, 49, was reported missing Jan. 5. The police said she was last seen two days earlier, leaving her work.
Kyle Jepson, 22, was charged with the killing of the woman, after he was arrested Thursday in Utah in her car. He was also accused of theft and burglary.
Local media reports suggest that Jepson led the police to Gary’s body.
Gary didn’t know Jepson, police said, according to the Des Moines Register.
A statement Friday on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Gary said: “We are not a vengeful people, and we will go forward with forgiveness in our hearts and to pray and to act for the welfare of the mankind. I thank you all. Gloria, we will miss you, so much. Your niece and nephew cry for you. We all do that.”
The police said Gary’s body was so well hidden, it escaped detection by her family in and out of the house and the researchers that there were once, in the Register reported. They would not tell where the body was eventually found, or the nature of her injuries.
“The problem with a missing persons case is if you have not yet identified a criminal act, we can’t move forward with a lot of search,” Sgt. Paul Parizek said, according to the paper. “You probably have to do that.”
The sergeant was quoted as saying that the researchers felt that there was something wrong about Gary’s disappearance.
“We certainly knew this was a unique case, and there were things about it that … kind of made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck,” Parizek said, according to the Register. “There was just something not good. It was really in character for her. But ‘out of character’ is not a crime.”
Police first spotted Gary’s car in the south of Utah on Wednesday.
Police said surveillance footage shot on that day shows Jepson at a supermarket. The images show a man with a tattoo on his left forearm.
Jepson was taken into custody in the neighborhood of Salt Lake City.