TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - One Terre Haute man accused of murdering his wife appeared in court Monday. US Marshals in South Carolina arrested Lorenzo Archer last week. Now he is back in Indiana.
This case for Terre Haute Police detectives made stops in four different states in an 8 day quest for the truth in what happened to Kayla Archer. It led them to her husband, who's not talking to anyone... and now awaits his murder trial. A silent Lorenzo Archer said very little to police, only telling them he didn't want to talk about the murder of his wife, Kayla, with which he's now charged. For Terre Haute Police and the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office, the journey to get to this point was a long one.
"In the last 8 days we've been in 4 different states conducting investigations," said THPD Assistant Chief Shawn Keen.
It started in Terre Haute at the Archer residence on Kent Avenue. What they found was a house abandoned. Most of their personal property was still inside. The owners told police Lorenzo Archer called and said they have moved out, that Kayla had left him to go be with her daughter who was ill in Florida.
At that point, Terre Haute Police traveled to Greene County, Ohio, where Kayla's body was found in a rural and affluent area of Cedarville Township. After looking at the evidence they had, both departments concluded Kayla was murdered on May 31st back in Terre Haute, then dumped in Ohio, likely on June 6th.
"On June 13th, we were advised by the marshal's service that they had located and arrested Lorenzo archer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina," said keen.
Police believe archer looked up an acquaintance there who agreed to give him a job. Archer's vehicle was found the next day in the Archer's hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Detectives found evidence of decomposition in the trunk... opening the doors for the murder charge now filed against Archer. Terre Haute Police credit the police in Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina to get them here.
"For us to leave here and travel 800 miles and work with people we didn't know, they were fantastic. Everywhere we went, everybody bent over backwards to help us out," Keen reiterated.
According to court documents, police interviewed a cousin of Kayla Archer who lived in Pennsylvania. She told police Kayla called her in April crying hysterically and asking for money. Kayla wanted to leave her husband because she said he was beating her. Terre Haute Police said there were no reports filed locally, but they were not through looking into this couple's history.
Lorenzo Archer is held without bond awaiting a September 10th trial date.
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