ST. GEORGE — A third suspect has been arrested for her alleged involvement in the aggravated kidnapping and disappearance of 30-year-old David Corey Heisler who went missing from his Santa Clara home on June 27.
Tammy Renee Freeman, 54, of Washington City, was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Saturday on charges of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felony aggravated burglary and second-degree felony theft of a motor vehicle.
Freeman’s bail for release pending trial stands at $50,000 cash-only.
Freeman’s arrest comes just four days after the arrest of 31-year-old Kelley Marie Perry, the mother of David Heisler’s 6-year-old daughter, and 55-year-old Francis Lee McCard, who were arrested on identical charges after the two both allegedly admitted to their involvement in Heisler’s disappearance.
During an interview with police, Freeman allegedly admitted to driving Perry and McCard to David Heisler’s home where Perry knocked on the door and, when David Heisler answered the door, McCard pushed Perry aside and assaulted Heisler inside the home, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Santa Clara-Ivins Police in support of the arrests.
McCard and Perry told detectives they then forced David Heisler into his own car and took him against his will, according to the report.
Freeman told investigators that she coordinated efforts to pick up both suspects after the vehicle theft and kidnapping of Heisler had occurred, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.
After abducting Heisler, Perry was allegedly dropped off at a location near the Utah-Arizona border, the report stated. McCard then continued to an area near Mt. Trumball in Arizona where he said he left David Heisler alive.
Freeman admitted to driving to Mesquite, Nevada, with Perry and picking up McCard in Beaver Dam, Arizona, according to the statement.
“There was also video surveillance obtained that depicted Tammy (Freeman) helping Mr. McCard in altering his appearance immediately after the incident,” the officer stated.
Authorities located Heisler’s car in Beaver Dam, Arizona, on July 1. According to police, blood was found on the exterior of Heisler’s car along with a bullet casing inside the car.
On Saturday, when police served a search warrant on Perry and Freeman’s residence located at 754 E. Peach Circle in Washington City, a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun was located under Perry’s bed with a bullet in the chamber and a full magazine, according to police.
It was not immediately known if the handgun has any connection to David Heisler’s disappearance.
During the search, authorities also allegedly located methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia in Perry’s room, the report stated.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court Monday accusing Perry of second-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; second-degree felony drug possession with the intent to distribute; and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies spent Thursday and Friday searching the vast, rugged expanses of the desert area on the Arizona Strip where McCard had allegedly shown them he had left Heisler alive. However, they were unable to locate any evidence leading to Heisler’s whereabouts.
As this report is published, David Heisler remains missing.
In a post on the Help Find David Heilser Facebook page created by a friend, Heisler’s step-mother, Debbie Heisler, posted the following message Monday morning:
I am so Thankful that this page was started! Look at how many people have come here to see about our son and try to understand what happened? Bless every single one of you for your care and concern for our family and our son!
The reality is that REAL EVIL EXISTS and we must hold on to our Faith to get through it. We will never understand it.
We have heard every single one of you that have reached out and felt you all on our hearts.
We continue to hold hope that we will find him….AGAINST all Odds! We love him and can’t imagine our lives without him, so we MUST bring him home.
We could never repay every single one of you who have shown true love and generosity. YOU Are the people that make a community what it is.
KEEP PRAYING, KEEP THE FAITH AND KEEP HIS LIGHT GLOWING!
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of David Heisler, is asked to contact the Washington County Dispatch or the Santa Clara Ivins Police Department at 435-634-5730.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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