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Burnt, dismembered remains of female college student found in Texas park

September 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Burnt, dismembered remains of female college student found in Texas park

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Texas Police arrest suspect after discovering burned and dismembered remains of college student

Authorities have arrested a suspect after discovering the charred, dismembered remains of a female college student in a Texas park, hours after he met the vicitim at a local bar.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the remains of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, of Frisco, through autopsy results after discovering her body on Wednesday.

Police charged 30-year-old Charles Dean Bryant with capital murder after arresting the suspect near his Haslet home on Sunday. He remains in custody on a $1 million bond.

Law enforcement officials said in a statement that the body of the victim was discovered at 6:30 a.m. on September 14th by Grapevine firefighters after responding to calls of a fire in Acorn Woods Park.

Vandagriff (above) was a junior at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she was studying nutrition

Vandagriff (above) was a junior at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she was studying nutrition

According to NBC DFW, officers arrested Bryant around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday following an intense investigation, which spanned throughout several cities in North Texas.

Witnesses last saw Vandagriff leaving a bar with Bryant in Denton at around 11 pm on Tuesday, the day before discovering the body, Grapevine Police Sgt. Robert Eberling said.

‘We have a video of them at a bar together, and spoke to employees of that bar, which gave us a name of a suspect, and we just followed the trail from there,’ Eberling said.

Bryant’s Facebook page indicates he works at Procore Fitness.

Vandagriff was last seen leaving a bar in Denton with Bryant (above) at around 11pm Tuesday

Vandagriff was last seen leaving a bar in Denton with Bryant (above) at around 11pm Tuesday

In a statement, the Vandagriff family thanked the ‘extraordinary efforts’ of all law enforcement agencies who assisted in the investigation including the Grapevine police department and the FBI.

‘We would also like to thank our friends, family and the friends of our daughter Jackie for all their support through this difficult time,’ the statement added.

Vandagriff studied nutrition as a junior at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. In a statement, Monica Mendez-Grant, the school’s Vice President for Student Life, paid tribute to Vandagriff.

‘All of us send our deepest sympathy to Jacqueline’s family and friends,’ she said.

‘Jacqueline exemplified the spirit of learning and service that is the hallmark of our TWU community. She lived her life with a desire to serve others through her interest in nutrition,’ Mendez-Grant added.

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