Police find remains of Palmetto woman killed by daughter’s boyfriend

Police find the remains of Tricia Freeman.

PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – The body of missing Palmetto woman Tricia Freeman was found dumped in a field in Levy County on Monday.

She went missing last week and 26-year-old Roy Nichols, Jr. confessed to murdering her. He’s the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer.

Nichols has now been charged with murder and Colyer has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Officials say Nichols killed Freeman during an argument at her home on March 14. Afterward, he and Colyer placed the body in Freeman’s car and dumped the body in Chiefland, Florida where Nichols hails from.

“He was from Levy County and I suspect that’s probably why he wanted to leave her there, that he was kinda familiar with the area,” Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said. “We’re relieved to find the body, we’re anxious to examine the crime scene and her remains and get whatever forensic information we can to help bring this case to a conclusion.”

Colyer and Nichols then abandoned Freeman’s car in Kentucky and traveled north. They were arrested in West Virginia on Saturday after they were recognized by a store clerk.

Nichols has spent time in prison for grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Officials are happy the pair was caught.

“Not only is the victim dead, but they’re left with a hole that they’re unable to fill so we hope that finding her and then delivering these people to justice will at least make up for something,” Chief Tyler said.

“There’s only 3 people who know the truth- Kayla, the guy and God and at the end of the day it’s put in God’s hands now and God’s gonna let the truth come out,” Tricia’s friend Robert Kronk said.

Kronk is Freeman’s former neighbor. He said she was a beloved friend to the community.

“I wish he would’ve thought before he did. And you know what I mean, he took a good person away from a lot of people,” Kronk said.

The pair will have an extradition hearing Tuesday morning in West Virginia. That’s when we expect to learn when they will be brought back to Florida.

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