The body of William Mussack was found a week ago, a month after friends and family stopped hearing from him
His 45-year-old daughter was accused of murder after her father’s body was found encased in concrete Wednesday in Federal Heights, a suburb of Denver, Colorado
After 69-year-old Mussack’s body was found encased in concrete in a crawl space, his daughter Dayna Jennings has been charged with murder
Mussack’s body was found a month af after he suspected his daughter tried to poison his hamburger
Mussack texted his son on December 7, saying he might have been drugged by his daughter, Dayna Jennings
Friends and family grew concerned for Mussack after he failed to respond to text messages and phone calls for a month before his body was found
Jennings has been charged with first-degree murder, and tampering with a deceased human body
Jennings and Mussack shared a house, her boyfriend also lived at the home
A woman in Denver, Colorado has been charged with murder after her father’s body was found encased in concrete in the crawl space under his home in a Federal Heights area of Denver on Wednesday.
The body of William Mussack, 69, was found a week ago, a month after friends and family stopped hearing from him, KUSA-TV reported on Wednesday, barely a month after he suspected his daughter [left], tried to poison his hamburger.
Court records say Mussack texted his son on December 7, saying he might have been drugged by his daughter, 45-year-old Dayna Jennings.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the home where she lived with her father.
Investigators say Jennings asked for a lawyer and stopped talking as they broke up concrete in the house’s crawl space.
She was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human’s body.
The body of William Mussack [eft] was found a week ago. The alert was raised by his son a month after friends and family stopped hearing from him. A month before he was found, he expressed concern to his son that his daughter, Jennings [right], tried to poison him, according to investigators.
Jennings reportedly owned a massage business called The Good Massage, first based in Brighton, and most recently Commerce City.
The owner of the business that had leased a room to Jennings for her to conduct massages, said she had been acting strangely before quitting unexpectedly, recently.
A message on her website reads “Dayna is taking personal leave for a few months to tend to family and personal needs…”
Then timestamp on the message, it turns out, indicates it was posted three and a half weeks before her father was reported missing.
According to police, he had expressed concern to his son via text on December 7 that his daughter tried to poison him a month before his body was found.
‘William described the feeling of being drugged and falling asleep in a recliner chair for 15 hours,’ an arrest affidavit from Federal Heights Police states.
‘He recalled taking a bite from a hamburger, and the hamburger was still on an end table with one bite taken out of it when he awoke.’
Police say that Mussack’s well-being was a cause of concern among friends and family on December 9.
Calling for a welfare check on Mussack, concerned friends and relatives told police it was uncharacteristic of Mussack not to return phone calls or text messages. Those who knew him, Mussack was always communicative and responded to questions about his whereabouts.
But when he went silent a month before he was found, friends and relatives grew concerned. His girlfriend told police that theye made plans to go to a party on December 9, but that he never showed up.
Authorities began to grow suspicious of Jennings after friends and family said she rented two dumpsters and was removing carpeting and flooring from the home. Jennings admitted to pouring concrete in the crawlspace where her father’s body was found during a police interview
Authorities began to grow suspicious of Jennings after friends and family said she rented two dumpsters and was removing carpeting and flooring from the home, in Federal Heights, Colorado, according to police.P
olice also say that two weeks before they found the remains of Mussack, a check he purportedly made out too Jennings contained a signature that the bank says did not match.
A friend of Mussack’s told investigators that on December 10 they were supposed to cut firewood and watch the Denver Broncos football game on television.
But Mussack never responded to phone calls.
On December 28, Mussack’s brother reported him missing, saying that he wasn’t answering any of his phone calls.
Jennings told a Federal Heights police officer went to Mussack’s home to check on him, that same day, that her father ‘doesn’t live here’ and that he lost his phone.
Police said Jennings told the officer that she would contact her uncle and let him know what was going on.
On December 29, both Mussack’s brother and his son called police and said they were still concerned because they had not heard back from him.
Returning to the home, police met Jennings answering the door.
Police also say that two weeks before Mussack’s body was found, a check from him to Jennings contained a signature that the bank says did not match
This time she told officers, her father took a trip to the mountains with his girlfriend and did not take his phone. She was tripped when she allowed officers inside the home to take a look.
Jennings showed the officers the basement, where her father slept, according to police.
The police report states that the officers discovered ‘a bed covered in women’s clothing. It appeared the room hadn’t been used for several weeks.’
‘The odor in the home was bad, smelling like sewage and something rotting,’ the police stated in their report.
Jennings told officers that the toilet overflowed.
Police continued to investigate and found a number of red flags that raised suspicions about Jennings.
On December 29, after weeks in which he was not heard from, Mussack’s sister received a text message from her brother’s phone.
Jennings has been described by her ex-husband as ‘impulsive and irrational at times’ and that she had ‘patterns of intense and unstable relationship with family, friends, and loved ones’
It showed a photo of what police call ‘land’ – though phone records indicate that it was sent from his home, according to authorities.
Police said records indicate that Mussack’s phone showed activity – or ‘pinged’ – on December 9 and again 10 days afterward.
Investigators also say that on December 29, Jennings received a check from Mussack.
But a representative from Wells Fargo bank told police that the signature on the check did not match that of Mussack.
Jennings also sent a text message to one of her brother’s accusing their father of being abusive toward her, according to police.
This accusation struck those who knew Mussack as odd and out of character.
But not as much as when on January 5, Jennings sent a text message to a friend of her father’s which said that he was ‘in Arizona enjoying the sun.’
The police report states that friends and family noticed that Jennings rented two dumpsters.
She also appeared to be removing flooring and carpeting from her home.
Investigators began to gather more information about Jennings. They interviewed her ex-husband, who said she was in a ‘downward spiral’ after the collapse of her massage business this past November.
Mussack’s daughter Dayna Jennings [photo], has been charged with his murder
The ex-husband said Jennings was ‘impulsive and irrational at times’ and that she displayed ‘patterns of intense and unstable relationship with family, friends and loved ones.’
Police learned that during that same month when her business folded, her current husband left her.
On January 10, officers executed a search warrant at her home.
They found a concrete slab in the home’s crawlspace which they said they would smash to break it up.
At this point in the search, Jennings said she would no longer speak to the police and that she requested a lawyer.
Moments later, Mussack’s body was found encased in the concrete slab.
Jennings was arrested and taken into custody.
Police said Jennings admitted to pouring concrete in the crawlspace where her father’s body was found. Father and daughter shared the home in which he was discovered.
Jennings reportedly had a boyfriend who also lived in the home.
She is scheduled to appear in court on February 15.