Man Charged With Murder In Pizza Delivery Driver's Death


UPDATED: Friday December 27, 2013 10:44 PM

Authorities charged a 32-year-old man with murder in the slaying of a pizza delivery driver whose body was found in an eastern Ohio state park.

Guernsey County Sheriff Michael McCauley said that Adam Charles Burris abducted and killed Kayla Thompson, 26, who did not return from a pizza delivery run Thursday.

Thompson was a mother of two children and an employee of Plus One Pizza. 

Her manager says Thompson was called out to Burris' home twice Thursday for two separate orders. The second time, she didn't return.

"I could always depend on Kayla," said manager Jamie Antill. In the two years Antill worked with her, she says Thompson never let her down. "I thought maybe she got stuck, tire got stuck or something."

After learning of Thompson's disappearance, police went to Burris' apartment, which was the last known address where Thompson made a delivery Thursday afternoon.  Officers say Burris' girlfriend told them she saw Adam leaving in the pizza driver's vehicle. 

Deputies used Burris' cell phone to track and stop him on Interstate 70 in Guernsey County Thursday night.

Investigators say he was questioned and later led authorities to Thompson's body near a boat ramp at Dillon State Park in Muskingum County, about 65 miles east of Columbus.

The crime is something Thompson's mother cannot comprehend. "She worked at daytime, not at night. How does that happen? I don't understand," said Sandra Ruton.
 
Now, while planning her daughter's funeral, Ruton's biggest concerns are her grandkids. "How do you tell a 3 year old ... that was her pride and joy right there... How do you tell her mama's not coming back?"

Burris is being held in the Guernsey County jail. He will have a bond hearing Monday, December 30th.

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