A Lexington man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose remains were found in the Kentucky River in December.
Paris R. Charles, 59, is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Goldia Massey, according to a news release. He was booked into the Fayette County jail at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday after being arrested at police headquarters.
Massey, 50, was reported missing by her son in October. According to WKYT-TV's website, Charles and Massey were dating when she went missing.
In December, Henry County Coroner James Pollard said an arm found Oct. 25 in the Kentucky River matched a torso found Dec. 6 in Jessamine County. The remains were later identified as Massey's.
On Tuesday, police executed a search warrant at a duplex belonging to Charles in the 1800 block of Chatsworth Drive, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Investigators were seen loading white objects wrapped in plastic into a police vehicle.
According to Fayette County court records, Charles has had previous run-ins with law enforcement. After a series of arrests between 2002 and 2008, Charles' most recent arrests were on accusations of domestic violence against two women. One of the women filed an emergency protective order against Charles that was set to expire Feb. 25. Neither of the domestic cases involved Massey.
Charles is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Fayette District Court. No bail has been set.