Jonathan Menard, 35, of Beaumont has extradited from Calsius Parish, Louisiana to Texas to faces charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Kayla Rice
Rice, 33, was six months pregnant with her second child, a son, when she was reported missing in Beaumont, Texas, in November
Skeletal remains found out of state in Vinton, Louisiana, on Feb 11 was later identified as belonging to Kayala Nicole Rice
Her boyfriend Jonathan Menard was arrested that same day in Louisiana for probation violation
He has been charged with tampering with evidence in the death of Rice, police say more charges may follow
A 35-year-old man from Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested in connection with the death of his pregnant girlfriend, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave out of state in Louisiana three months after her disappearance.
Beaumontpolice had a warrant issued on February 22, charging Jonathan Menard with tampering with evidence, stemming from the death of 33-year-old Kayla Rice.
The fugitive who was arrested in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, February 11, on a parole violation charge, was then transferred to the Jefferson County Jail in Texas last Thursday..
Police stated that additional charges against Menard are pending and may be filed as early as next week.
Menard’s girlfriend, Kayla Rice, was reported missing to the police in Beaumont by her out-of-state family in December. Relatives said they had not seen or heard from the expectant mother since the end of November.
Rice, who already has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, was six months pregnant at the time with her second child, a son.
Investigators quickly located Rice’s vehicle, which was ‘found to have been physically altered,’ police said.
Two months later, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a witness, saying they observed what appeared to be skeletal remains in a shallow grave on Ged Road near Vinton, Louisiana .
The discovery was made on February 11, and the remains were later identified as the missing woman.
Menard was arrested in Calcasieu Parish on the same day.
According to her obituary, Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources from a Texas university in 2013 and played the clarinet. She welcomed her first child in 2009.