Christopher Landry has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kayla Ann Denham
A client has been arrested in her death of a young Louisianan massage therapist after she failed to return from an early morning appointment, Tuesday.
masseuse Kayla Ann Denham from Baton Rouge was found dead Tuesday at the location of her last appointment in Livingston Parish, and a man who lived there has been arrested in connection with her murder.
The body of 24-year-old Denham was found in a barn on the Denham Springs property where Christopher Laundry had recently taken up residence, WAFB reported.
The coroner’s office said Wednesday the preliminary cause of the 24-year-old’s death is blunt force with head injuries associated with strangulation.
Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said that Denham, who was a masseuse from Baton Rouge, had been scheduled to meet a client at 5 a.m. Monday at the home.
The 24-year-old, who advertised her services online, reportedly had been working towards earning her massage therapy license.
Trainee masseuse Kayla Denham was working towards her professional licence before an early morning client call turned out to be her last
Before the appointment, she texted her boyfriend the time and location of the house call.
Her family reported her missing when they could not get in contact with her.
“Friends and family became worried after she failed to return home and calls to her cellphone went unanswered,” Sheriff Jason Ard told The Advocate.
Denham told her boyfriend the address of where she was meeting the client. He added when her boyfriend couldn’t get in touch with her, he went to that address, but did not see her car.
Unsatisfied Ard said, the boyfriend drove around the area again about 12 hours later and spotted a gravel road near the home. He added the road led to a wooded area, which is where the boyfriend saw her car. According to Ard, Denham’s boyfriend contacted sheriff’s deputies Monday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The authorities discovered her body in the barn.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Denham’s cousin Michelle Guglielmo Gilliam said: “We are in shock about the loss of our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin and friend,” Gilliam wrote in a statement.
“Kayla was a wonderful young woman who always shared a beautiful smile on her face and love in her heart. She will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy during this very difficult period of mourning for the family.”