New details have emerged in the death of Utah mother-of-four, Masako Yamada Kenley. She was found dead on Sunday, July 4. According to authorities, a man described as her “acquaintance” is accused of murdering her.
Kenley, 53, was last seen in Midvale at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 2, and was reported missing the following day, according to the Sandy Police Department. Her car was later found in a parking lot in Sandy, Utah.
People Magazine reported that her body was found on July 4 in a thick brush and heavily wooded area along the Jordan River.
On July 5, Sandy Police Department announced that 75-year-old William O’Reilly was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder, desecration of a corpse and obstruction of justice.
According to KSL News, police were able to use call detail records and video surveillance that showed Kenley and O’Reilly together in the afternoon hours of July 2. Documents released by the police stated that O’Reilly claimed he and Kenley were in Salt Lake City before her death, but phone records show that statement was false.
Authorities reported that they also found surveillance video showing Kenley’s van pulling into the area where her body was later found.
“There was some surveillance video that was obtained in the area of 8900 South 700 West that did show Mrs. Kenley’s vehicle driving down into the area and leaving 20 minutes later.” Sandy Police Lieutenant Dean Carriger told KSL News.
ABC4 News reported that they reached out to Kenley’s family who asked for primary at this time. Her son told ABC4 News that his mother was a kind and spunky woman, who cared about everyone she met.