A 27-year-old Utah woman and her canine had been discovered lifeless in a charred storage unit after the lady’s boyfriend – who was launched from jail only a day earlier than the incident – allegedly locked the lady inside and walked away.
“Our daughter, Morgan Kay Harris was at all times identified for her candy, shy, and sort temperament, being a deep thinker with superb inventive skills and at all times having an infectious giggle. She was a lovely mannequin and make-up artist and a profitable medical assistant,” Harris’ household posted in an announcement following her dying.
Police in Murray, Utah, responded to a CubeSmart Self Storage location final Saturday after reviews of a hearth, based on KUTV. After extinguishing the flames, police discovered Harris’ physique in addition to the physique of Huck, her canine.
Police arrested Alexander Wardell, 30, the next day on one felony cost of kidnapping and one cost of negligent homicide. Wardell was recognized as Harris’ boyfriend and advised police that he deliberately locked her within the unit and walked away from the scene, KUTV reported. The unit later caught on hearth, leaving the lady and her canine trapped as the fireplace raged.
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Wardell was recent out of jail on the time of the incident, KUTV discovered. The Salt Lake City Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest on Thursday, earlier than the incident, over a probation violation. Court docket paperwork reviewed by the outlet present Wardell paid a $5,000 bond and was launched from jail on Friday.
The probation violation stems from an incident in 2018 when he was discovered guilty of beating his former girlfriend with a golf membership and threatening her with a knife. He spent greater than 200 days in jail, pleaded responsible to fees of third-degree aggravated assault and felony mischief, and in trade acquired 36 months of probation as a substitute of 5 years in jail.
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After repeatedly violating his probation, Wardell was given extra jail time earlier than being despatched to a sober home in March 2022.
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On Sunday, he was taken to the Salt Lake County Jail on murder and kidnapping fees, in addition to a probation violation, KUTV reported.
“We’re devastated on the lack of our daughter and admire the love and help from the group however ask in your privateness at the moment as we maneuver by means of the unimaginable,” the household mentioned of their assertion.
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The investigation is ongoing. A trigger for the fireplace has not but been launched.