On Sept. 14, a burned and dismembered body was found at Acorn Woods Park in the Dallas, Texas, suburb of Grapevine.
Following an autopsy by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, police identified the body as Jacqueline Vandagriff, a resident of Frisco, Texas, reports the Daily Mail. The 24-year-old was a junior at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she was studying nutrition.
A suspect, Charles Dean Bryant, 30, was arrested by Grapevine police on Sept. 18 and charged with capital murder.
Grapevine Police Sgt. Robery Eberling said Vandagriff was last seen leaving a bar in Denton with Bryant at around 11 p.m. on the evening before her body was found, reports KXAS. “We have video of them at a bar together,” Eberling said. “And we were able to talk to employees of that bar and they gave us a name of a suspect, and we just followed the trail from there.”
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Bryant worked at the Urban Cowboy Saloon, identified as the largest gay club in Fort Worth by the Dallas Morning News. According to a statement posted to the club’s Facebook page, Bryant failed to show up to his scheduled shift on the day Vandagriff’s body was discovered. "We are cooperative with authorities and will fully support law enforcement in their investigation," the club said.
He had also recently been fired from ProCore Fitness in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, according to a source at the gym who spoke to the Morning News anonymously. The source described the suspect in glowing terms. "He was a great guy. We loved him here."
However, Bryant had been arrested twice in recent days. On Sept. 6, police at the University of North Texas in Denton arrested him for criminal trespassing. The following day, he was arrested again for stalking a woman who later filed a request for a protective order against him.
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Jacqueline's uncle, Randy Vandagriff, released a statement on behalf of the family, as reported by KXAS: "We would like to thank the Grapevine Police Department, FBI and all law enforcement agencies assisting in the investigation for their extraordinary efforts. We would also like to thank our friends, family and the friends of our daughter Jackie for all their support in this difficult time."