Husband of Missing Woman Arrested On Unrelated Arson Charge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - (localmemphis.com) - Memphis police tell Local 24 the husband of missing woman Keila Freeman has been arrested on an unrelated arson charge. Randy Freeman was arraigned Thursday and is being held on $500,000 bond.

According to police records, Freeman was seen on surveillance video Sunday throwing a flaming object into a home in the 7400 block of Germanshire Lane, about a mile and a half from his home on Meadow Ridge Trail. Five people were in the home at the time, but were able to escape unharmed.

Investigators say Freeman declined to make a statement, and was booked Wednesday on an aggravated arson charge.

Meanwhile, investigators spent Wednesday afternoon taking pictures and collecting evidence in the Hickory Hill neighborhood of a wife and mother of two reported missing Tuesday.

The family of 29-year-old Keila Ashford Freeman said she hasn't been seen since early Tuesday morning, and there are few answers or clues to her whereabouts.

Several investigators spent about two hours at the home Wednesday, leaving with a computer and other items. Neighbors also said they saw authorities towing two vehicles from the home early Wednesday morning.

"They were pretty quiet. No problems. No nothing," says neighbor Joel Weathers.

From his vantage point down the street, Weathers said Keila & Randy Freeman, along with their two young children, appeared to be the all-American family.

"No violence, no fighting. In fact, this is the first time I've ever seen the police in that cul-de-sac," says Weathers.

Other neighbors they heard noises the night before Keila Freeman disappeared. "It was 9 or 9:30. I was getting ready to retire and just let the cat in and I opened the door and I heard the pop, pop and I thought I told my sister that's odd that someone would be firing fireworks," says a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

On Facebook, concerned friends asked other friends to get the word out about Freeman's missing person situation. Keila Freeman's sorority sister's from her college chapter of Zeta Phi Beta at the University of Tennessee at Martin couldn't sit home and wait. They searched Wednesday evening through the wooded home near the Hickory Hill home. They say if something did happen to her, they believe she would be found somewhere close.

Neighbors said they're staying optimistic for her safe return. "All you can do is hope and pray brother, hope and pray," says Weathers.

On Facebook, Randy Freeman lists his place of work as the Binghampton Development Corporation, but an employee there wouldn't confirm or deny that.

Police said they interviewed several people Tuesday at MPD headquarters.


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