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Wise County man leads police to bodies of wife, 11-year-old daughter

Wise County man leads police to bodies of wife, 11-year-old daughter

A 45-year-old man has been arrested and faces charges in connection with the deaths of his wife and eldest daughter, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).

WCSO said Robert A. Morairity has been charged with tampering with a corpse, murder and capital murder in the deaths of his wife, 42-year-old Kimberly Kellam and their 11-year-old daughter, whose name has not been released.

According to officials, at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12, Kellam’s brother-in-law called the WCSO Emergency Call Center to report that he hadn’t seen his sister-in-law (Kellam) and her 11-year-old daughter in several months.

The brother-in-law told law enforcement that Kellam was living in a home on County Road 4371 near Decatur, with her husband, Morairity, and their three children.

When deputies arrived at the home on June 12, they knocked on the door and walked the property – eventually determining that it had been abandoned, officials said.

Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, investigators said Morairity was located in Dallas. A WCSO investigator, along with Texas Rangers and Dallas Police Department officers, met with Morairity who had two of his children (ages 3 and 10) with him.

WCSO said Morairity initially claimed that he had not seen his wife or oldest daughter in six months. But eventually, Morairity admitted that his wife and 11-year-old daughter were dead, and their remains were inside the garage at their home on County Road 4371. 

WCSO said Morairity volunteered to accompany an investigator and a Texas Ranger to go back to home. When they got there, Morairity pointed out the locations of where both his wife and daughter’s bodies could be found. 

Once they were discovered, Morairity was arrested and transported to the Wise County jail. His bond has been set at $800,000, officials said.

Both bodies have been sent to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Officer for an autopsy, according to WCSO. 

The couple’s other two children are now in Child Protective Services’ custody. 

Source: WFAA