GRAPEVINE, Texas — A Texas man has been charged with capital murder after the body of a Texas student was found dismembered and burned just a day after the two were seen leaving a local bar, according to WFAA.
Grapevine Police have charged 30-year-old Charles Dean Bryant with capital murder in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff.
Jacqueline Vandagriff of Frisco was last seen leaving Shots and Crafts, a bar in Denton’s Fry Street area, about 11 p.m. Sept. 13 with the man police believe killed her, Dallas News reports.
Vandagriff’s body was found the next morning in Acorn Woods Park by firefighters responding to a fire in the area. Her body had been dismembered, placed inside a blue plastic kiddie pool and set on fire, according to an affidavit.
Vandagriff, was a junior studying nutrition at Texas Woman’s University, the school told WFAA.
Authorities used cellphone tower data to trace Vandagriff’s phone from the bar in Denton to near Bryant’s home in Haslet, according to the Dallas News. Bryant was arrested Sunday and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Sgt. Robert Eberling told WFAA it’s unclear how Vandagriff and Bryant knew each other, but said the two were seen together on video leaving the bar in Denton Tuesday night. They are investigating whether the two met that night or corresponded previously via social media.
The night she disappeared, Vandagriff tweeted that she had been talking with a guy on Tinder who she suspected of being a “catfish” also known as having a fake account. She mentioned logging off Tinder to head to the bar instead.
Just a few hours later, she was seen leaving the bar with Bryant.
A day after her body was discovered, a eerie tweet was sent from Vandagriff’s account:
Police say they are aware of her Twitter account and are investigating.
Bryant has previously been arrested for forgery and possession of marijuana, but it was not clear if he had any prior convictions.
Bryant’s employer, Urban Cowboy Saloon, posted a statement to its Facebook page saying Bryant had been terminated when he didn’t show up for his shift.
“We, The Urban Cowboy Saloon, would like to acknowledge the disturbing news that has broke today and assure our customers that Charles Dean Bryant was terminated as of Sunday, September 18th, for not showing up to his scheduled shift. Monday afternoon we learned why he didn’t show. We are grieving with our community and offer our deepest condolences for the Vandagriff family and friends. We are cooperative with authorities and will fully support law enforcement in their investigation.”