Body of pregnant Mansfield woman found in Dayton, person of interest in custody

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DAYTON, Ohio (WJW) -- The body of a missing Mansfield woman was found in Dayton Monday morning, police said.

Kyla Hayton, 20, and Todd Burkhart, 28, were reported missing last week. Family members told Mansfield police they last heard from Hayton, who is five months pregnant, on Nov. 16.

The couple was recently traveling to Columbus and Dayton, where their car was found on Wednesday.

Dayton police said they received a tip call on Friday to check for a phone at an abandoned house at Wildwood Avenue and West Stewart Street. That lead them to Burkhart's remains.

Dayton Police Lt. Jason Hall said they continued to search the area, which has a number of abandoned houses, with the use of cadaver dogs until they found Hayton's body.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office said Burkhart died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hayton's death is also a homicide, Hall said.

According to Dayton police, there is a person of interest in custody. He's being held on weapons charges.

Hall would not elaborate on a motive as the investigation is ongoing.

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