SALT LAKE CITY – A 50-year-old Utah woman who disappeared after complaining to police about harassment by an ex-boyfriend was found dead 1,300 miles away in Missouri, authorities said Tuesday.
The man, Michael Doyel, was taken into custody at a Branson, Mo., hotel, where the body of Deborah Jones was discovered Monday night inside her 2003 Volkswagen Passat, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said.
He offered no information on the cause of death. An autopsy was planned Tuesday.
"At this point there is a lot of missing information that still needs to be put together," Burbank said.
He said Jones and Doyel ended their relationship a few weeks ago.
Jones met with Salt Lake City police on April 16 to complain about harassing phone calls by Doyel and improper use of credit cards, Burbank said.
Jones was supposed to meet with police the next day to discuss a stalking injunction against the man, but she didn't make her appointment. Police called her but didn't get an answer, Burbank said.
She hadn't been seen since meeting with police, although Jones made a phone call to a friend Friday, Burbank said.
Her family contacted police Saturday.
Doyel, 47, was in custody in Missouri along with another woman, Patricia Murray, of West Valley City, Utah.
"We have not had the opportunity to interview either one of them," said Burbank, who sent a detective.
Police have surrounded Jones' home with yellow tape.
Police apparently believed the search would lead to Branson. The police chief there, Caroll W. McCullough, said his department was told that Jones and Doyel might be in the area.