Ft. Polk releases name of woman found dead in car trunk

Sarah Parker (photo courtesy CPSO) was arrested in connection with the death of Shelena Kyle.

FORT POLK, La. (Fort Polk) - Following the arrest of her husband and another woman Monday, the woman found dead in the trunk of a car by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has now been identified by Fort Polk officials.

A news release sent Tuesday identifies the woman as Shelena Kyle, 22, a 3rd Brigade Combat Team Family member. Shelena's husband, Cpl. Logan T. Kyle, 22, a soldier with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was taken into custody by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office just after Midnight early Monday morning along with Sarah Parker, 24, of Moss Bluff.

The pair were arrested after the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office had been alerted by the Beauregard Sheriff's Office that they could be headed to the Lake Charles area. Deputies located the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and conducted a stop. While searching the car, deputies found Shelena Kyle dead in the trunk.

Further investigation by CPSO detectives revealed Shelena had been killed by Kyle at Fort Polk. Detectives also learned Parker was aware Kyle killed his wife and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said both Parker and Logan Kyle confessed after their arrests.

Parker was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice and failure to report a homicide. Logan Kyle was returned to Fort Polk, where the crime is being further investigated by special agents from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, who were also in the car, were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.

Col. Kendall J. Clarke, brigade commander, expressed the unit's sympathies.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of this Patriot Family member. She was a member of our family and her death affects us all," Clark said. "We send our most sincere condolences to her family and friends."

According to the release, Kyle joined the Army four years ago, and was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk in February, 2017, where he served as an infantry fire team leader.

Fort Polk officials also said that Shelena Kyle's death remains under investigation, and no further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

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