MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – We’re learning more about why deputies searched the area near a missing Cordova woman’s home earlier this week.
According to a search warrant, the investigation is centered on possible “criminal homicide,” and said investigators believed Taquila Hayes’ husband, listed as Carl Hayes, was in possession of evidence in the form of firearms, ammunition, electronic devices, cell phones, clothing, and more.
According to the missing woman’s family, Hayes’ husband told them he last saw her June 8th. Her mother reported her missing in August, after Hayes missed her son’s birthday.
In the newly obtained warrant, investigators say Carl Hayes told officers the couple separated in June over “infidelity issues, but did not tell the victim’s family.”
The warrant says Carl Hayes last saw his wife leaving in a white sedan with an unknown driver from their home in the 9300 block of Starcross Avenue. According to the warrant, he told investigators she left behind her 12-year-old son, her own car – a Honda Civic, and her cell phone.
The warrant goes on to say after Hayes’ mother reported her missing on August 9th, detectives went to the couple’s home and noticed the Honda Civic appeared to have been newly cleaned, and that new carpet had been installed in the home, after Hayes’ disappearance.
The warrant also says video surveillance shows Carl Hayes in his wife’s car withdrawing money from her account at a bank in Lakeland and in Cordova on two separate occasions, on May 22nd and June 3rd. Detectives said Carl Hayes told them during the August 9th interview that the couple did not share accounts.
According to the warrant, detectives now believe Taquila Hayes went missing May 21st or 22nd.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the six-hour search Tuesday failed to uncover new clues in the four-mile area around Dexter Rd. and Lenow Rd., not far from Hayes’ home. That search radius was about a mile or so from Hayes’ Cordova subdivision, where last month, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation teams carried out several items from her home for review.
If you know of any relevant information about this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.