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Soldier arrested during traffic stop after his wife’s body was found in the trunk

This story has been updated from the original to add the name of the soldier’s wife and information about the soldier.

A soldier was taken into custody on Sunday after local authorities received a call telling them the service member and a woman were driving a car concealing a dead body in the trunk.

Cpl. Logan Kyle, 22, was in the passenger seat of the car when Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped the driver, 24-year-old Sarah Parker, and searched the vehicle, the sheriff’s office announced.

Deputies located the deceased woman in the trunk, the police report said, and identified her as the wife of Kyle, an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Fort Polk later identified her as Shelena Kyle, 22.

Logan Kyle is an infantry fire team leader with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, according to Fort Polk spokeswoman Kim Reischling. He joined the Army four years ago and was assigned to Fort Polk in February 2017, she said in an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives reported Logan Kyle killed his wife at Fort Polk, a crime the soldier allegedly confessed to, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told reporters during a press conference on Monday.

Parker also allegedly confessed to charges of obstruction of justice and failure to report a homicide, the police report said, as she was reportedly “aware Kyle killed the woman and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body."

Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, were in the back seat of the car at the time of the arrest. They have been taken into custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.

Sarah Parker, 24, was arrested and is accused of helping an active-duty Fort Polk soldier dispose of a body. (CPSO)
Sarah Parker, 24, was arrested and is accused of helping an active-duty Fort Polk soldier dispose of a body. (CPSO)

“What disturbs us about that as law enforcement officers is, you know, when we come in contact, it would not be abnormal for us to draw our weapons on what we consider a felony stop," Mancuso told reporters. “If we had to shoot into this car, or they shot back at us or for some reason, we could have injured two innocent children.”

Army Criminal Investigation Command was contacted by CPSO detectives following Kyle’s arrest.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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