Missing Mansfield couple update: body found in vacant Dayton house identified as boyfriend’s

Missing Mansfield couple update: One body found in vacant Dayton house

DAYTON, Ohio (WOIO) - The case involving a missing Mansfield couple has took a tragic turn for the worse this weekend.

One body was found Friday evening inside a vacant house in Dayton at the corner of Wildwood Avenue and West Stewart Street, according to WHIO-TV.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office told 19 News that the body was that of 28-year-old Todd Burkhart.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Burkart’s 20-year-old girlfriend Kyla Hayton is still missing.

Hayton, who is five months pregnant, and Burkhart were last seen on Nov. 16.

Dayton police said belongings of the missing couple were found in the area, including behind the house in a wooded area.

Dayton Police have cordoned off the vacant home where the body was discovered on Friday evening.
Dayton Police have cordoned off the vacant home where the body was discovered on Friday evening. (Source: WHIO)

According to police, they dropped off Kyla’s daughter in Columbus that day.

Family members said the couple was travelling to Dayton and expected to return to Columbus on Nov. 17 to pick up the little girl, but they never showed.

Burkhart was declared missing on Nov. 18 by Ashland Police, shortly after Hayton was reported missing to Mansfield Police.

Sgt. Mike Godsey of the Dayton Homicide Unit Supervisor confirmed the news in a statement.

“Acting on evidence collected over the last several days, along with additional information, Dayton Police crews conducted an extensive search in the area of West Stewart St. and Wildwood Avenue. Police personnel were able to locate additional evidence in the missing persons case of Todd Burkhart and Kyla Hayton.”

In addition to the items of evidence and personal effects found from both Burkhart and Kyla Hayton, the body of Todd Burkhart was recovered inside a vacant home on West Stewart Street.

Police say the car the couple was likely using was found in Dayton.

Sgt. Godsey said the whereabouts of Ms. Hayton are still undetermined, and they are continuing any leads.

Sgt. Godsey said anyone with information is asked to call 937-333-COPS, or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

Return to 19 News for updates on this developing story.

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