Police: Couple arrested facing homicide-related charges in Florida woman's death

Two people wanted in connection with a missing person's case out of Florida were arrested Saturday in Cabell County. (Western Regional Jail)

A pair of suspects who were arrested Saturday morning in connection to the disappearance of a Florida woman are now facing homicide-related charges.

Ashland police said at a news conference Sunday that Roy C. Nichols, 26, and his girlfriend, Kayla Colyer, 20, are facing charges in connection to the death of Tricia Freeman, a Florida woman who has been missing since Monday. Police said Freeman is Colyer's mother.

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley said on Thursday a green vehicle was seen at an Ashland park for two days with Florida license plates. Ashland police contacted Palmetto police about the car and they were informed that car belonged to Freeman.

Police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found what they believed to blood on the inside. After Kentucky State Police investigated, it was determined that it was, in fact, blood inside the vehicle.

On Saturday morning, Nichols and Colyer were spotted at GoMart on 29th Street in Huntington where they were arrested by Cabell County deputies without incident.

Following the arrests, Colyer and Nichols were interviewed by Ashland police and Cabell County deputies. During the interviews, Kelly said Nichols confessed to killing Freeman in Florida and dumping her body before heading north.

Colyer told police she did not kill Freeman, but did help Nichols.

Both will be facing homicide-related charges when they are extradited back to Florida on Monday.

At this time, Kelly said the two had no clear connections to the Tri-State area, but the investigation is ongoing.

Kelly said law enforcement from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia worked together in the investigation and that the public made a key role in the arrests.

Police in Palmetto County are continuing to search for Freeman’s body.

A pair of suspects who were wanted stemming from a missing person's case out of Florida were arrested Saturday in Cabell County.

Roy C. Nichols, 26 and Kayla Coyler, 21, were arrested Saturday in Cabell County, according to the Ashland Police Department.

The two were arrested in connection with a missing person after Tricia Freeman, a Palmetto, Florida native, had not been seen in four days.

Thursday night, police in Ashland located a car that was tied to the investigation.

The Ashland Police Department said the two suspects were also seen Friday night in the South Point, Ohio Walmart.

Saturday morning an employee at the GoMart on 29th Street in Huntington called police about suspicious activity at the gas station and the description of the suspects matched that of Coyler and Nichols. When police arrived they found that it was Colyer and Nichols and arrested both.

Both are being held in the Western Regional Jail.

The Palmetto Police Department in Florida said in a release Saturday that Freeman has still not been located. Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said Coyler is the daughter of Freeman, the missing woman.

At this time, very few details have been released. The investigation is still ongoing, and police are expected to release additional information throughout the day. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.

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