Texas Man Allegedly Murdered and Dismembered College Student Whose Twitter Account Was Used After Her Death
Jacqueline Vandagriff's remains were discovered after firefighters extinguished a fire in a park
Police in Grapevine, Texas, have charged a man with murdering a college student whose body was found last week dismembered and burned in a park.
According to a police statement obtained by PEOPLE, Charles Dean Bryant, 30, was arrested for capital murder on Sunday for allegedly killing Jacqueline Vandagriff, 24.
Vandagriff’s remains were discovered last Wednesday after firefighters extinguished an early morning fire in Acorn Woods Park.
The statement claims Bryant and Vandagriff had been seen together in a bar the night before her body was found, but police aren’t sure if she knew Bryant prior to that evening.
Vandagriff had been a student at Texas Woman’s University since January, where she was studying nutrition.
Bryant is being held on $1 million bond and court records do not indicate whether he’s retained legal counsel. He has yet to enter a plea to the charges against him.
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According to police, Bryant was arrested for alleged stalking and released days before Vandagriff’s murder.
Police at the University of North Texas received a complaint about Bryant back on August 24 from a female student who said he’d been harassing her.
A judge ordered Bryant to stay away from the campus on September 6, but he violated that mandate and was charged with stalking. It is unclear from court records whether he’s pleaded to that charge.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department said someone used Vandagriff’s Twitter account Friday after her body had been found and tweeted, “Never knew I could feel like this.”
“We’re looking at any type of social media she had any connection to, to find out if she had communicated with this person before,” Eberling said, according to the paper.