Active duty soldier arrested while driving around with girlfriend and two children with wife's corpse in trunk
22-year-old Kyle Logan, a soldier stationed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, has been detained for the murder of his wife.
A Louisiana active duty soldier has been arrested after police received a tip-off stating that he had killed his wife and was traveling in a car with her body in the trunk. Twenty two-year-old Logan Kyle confessed to murdering his spouse after deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office on Sunday intercepted the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and found the corpse.
According to a statement released by the sheriff's office, they received the tip at approximately 9:30 pm stating that a woman was driving around with a body allegedly hidden in the vehicle. Having located and stopped the car, deputies conducted a search and found the body.
Kyle, identified as the deceased woman's husband, was in the car along with 24-year-old Sarah M. Parker, who is believed to be his girlfriend. Parker's two children, aged one and two, were also in the car and taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.
After further investigation by the CPSO detectives, it emerged that Parker was aware that Kyle had killed the woman and was attempting to aid him with the disposal and concealment of the body. She was subsequently arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. She has been charged with the obstruction of justice and failure to report a homicide. Her bond is currently pending.
As for Kyle, CPSO detectives later contacted the US Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in reference to the homicide. They picked up the 22-year-old, who had been detained at CPSO, and will be taking over the investigation of the homicide.
Kyle had reportedly committed the homicide in Fort Polk, where he was stationed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, The Army Times reported that the victim's name cannot be released until Tuesday because of army regulations that require a 24-hour time period after notifying next-of-kin.
Speaking about the case, Kim Reischling, the spokeswoman for Fort Polk, said, "The family member’s death is under investigation by special agents from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation."
"In many cases, we don't get a call until the body is actually found," CPSO Sheriff Tony Mancuso told reporters during a press conference. "We actually got this one before it was dumped which made it easier," and said the case was a disturbing one for officers.
"What disturbs us about that as law enforcement officers is, you know, when we come in contact, it would not be abnormal for us to draw our weapons on what we consider a felony stop," Mancuso said at the press conference. "If we had to shoot into this car, or they shot back at us or for some reason, we could have injured two innocent children."