Police: Missing Palmetto woman murdered by daughter’s boyfriend

Tricia Freeman

PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – Police officers in Palmetto say a missing woman was killed by her daughter’s boyfriend. That’s according to a confession from the boyfriend.

Tricia Freeman was reported missing earlier this week, after she didn’t show up for work and didn’t contact anyone. The Palmetto Police Department released more information Sunday about what happened to Freeman.

“We waited, waited, waited for a while, no one showed up. So I went down to the police department and got on the phone there and told them our friend’s not home she’s missing. No one’s talked to her since Monday night,” Mark Cordevant, a friend of the victim, told WFLA.

According to Police Chief Scott Tyler, Freeman was murdered by her daughter’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Roy Nichols Jr., on Tuesday during a struggle at Freeman’s home.

Freeman’s daughter, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, was taken into custody with Nichols early Saturday morning in West Virginia.

During an interview with investigators there, Nichols admitted to murdering Freeman. Police say Colyer was not there at the time.

Nichols told investigators him and Colyer then put Freeman in her car and dumped her body in another part of Florida. Police say the two then drove the car to Kentucky, where they abandoned it. Investigators searched the car on Friday and found blood inside.

Police say they have not found Freeman’s body yet, but are still searching the location Nichols told investigators he disposed of her.

“To me, I , it just tears me up. But what are you going to do in the world in the way it is right now? ” said Cordevant when asked how he and his wife were coping.

Nichols will face a murder charge. Colyer will be charged with accessory after the fact.


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