SANTA CLARA — Police have arrested a man and a woman Tuesday for aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of David Corey Heisler who went missing from his Santa Clara home June 27 under suspicious circumstances.
Kelley Marie Perry, the mother of David Heisler’s daughter, and Francis Lee McCard, both of Washington City, were booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Tuesday on first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felony aggravated burglary and second-degree felony theft of a motor vehicle.
McCard is being held without bail while Perry’s bail for release pending trial stands at $100,000 cash-only, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said.
David Heisler’s vehicle was found July 1 abandoned in Beaver Dam, Arizona, Holt said. The vehicle was processed for evidence by the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department and the Utah State Crime Lab.
Although the vehicle was found and arrests have been made, David Heisler remains missing, his step-mother, Debbie Heisler, confirmed late Tuesday night.
At the time of his disappearance, David Heisler and his daughter were living with his step-mother and father, Kenneth Heisler, in a neighborhood off Lava Flow Drive.
David Heisler had just been awarded sole custody of his daughter on June 13 after years of related legal proceedings.
Perry had taken to social media to express her outrage and discontent with the custody situation.
According to her Facebook page, Perry set up multiple GoFundMe pages asking the public for help in paying for legal representation to obtain custody of her daughter.
The investigation into David Heisler’s disappearance is still ongoing, Holt said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mojave County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management are assisting in the investigation.
“This is still under investigation, but David is still missing and we still need to bring him home,” a heartbroken Debbie Heisler said of her step-son late Tuesday night.
Kenneth Heisler wrote the following message on a GoFundMe page set up by a family member to assist with the expense of searching for his son:
david is my life my little boy who grew to be a good man and a great father i’M PROUD TO BE HIS DAD , my tears will never stop flowing for him to come home .but i know deep down it’s not to be , i will protect his daughter for him and make sure she is safe , and we will find those who took this wonderful man from his precious little girl life
Since his disappearance, according to Utah Court documents, Kenneth and Debbie Heisler filed for custody of David Heisler’s daughter on June 30.
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.
David Heisler’s description (provided by his father):
- Name: David Heisler
- Age: 30 years old
- Race: Caucasian
- Height: 6 foot 1 inch
- Weight: 170 pounds
- Hair: Dark brown, neatly trimmed, sideburns down to his chin
- Last seen wearing: Grey shorts, black T-shirt
- Distinguishing characteristics: No tattoos, no piercings
This is a developing story.
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