Person of interest in custody for deaths of 20-year-old pregnant woman, her boyfriend who were missing from Mansfield

Person of interest in custody in connection with deaths of Mansfield couple

DAYTON, Ohio (WOIO) - Dayton police say a person of interest is in custody in connection to the deaths of a 20-year-old pregnant woman and her boyfriend who were missing from Mansfield.

So sad-- Kyla Hayton would have turned 21 today. Instead of celebrating her birthday tonight, friends are mourning her death.

Posted by Hannah Catlett on Monday, November 25, 2019

Police provided an update to the case on Monday afternoon after Kyla Hayton, who was five months pregnant, was found by cadaver dogs in a vacant Dayton-area home.

Person of interest in custody for deaths of 20-year-old pregnant woman, her boyfriend

Sources to 19 News say Hayton was shot numerous times, but the coroner has not determined a cause of death at this time.

On Monday morning, the Montgomery County coroner ruled that Hayton’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Todd Burkhart, died as a result of homicide from multiple gunshot wounds. His body was located on Friday evening inside of a vacant house in the same neighborhood where Hayton was discovered, according to investigators.

Dayton police said a person of interest, identified as Larry Rodgers, is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on weapons charges, but detectives believe he has connections to the slain couple.

Person of interest in custody
Person of interest in custody (Source: Montgomery County Jail)

Rodgers has not been charged with the murder of Burkhart and Hayton.

Both Burkhart and Hayton were last seen in the Mansfield and Ashland areas on Nov. 16. Family members told police that the couple was supposed to travel to Dayton, but did not arrive in Columbus to pick up Hayton’s daughter on Nov. 17.

This is a developing story.

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