The remains of Kayla Atwood, the Pensacola mother who went missing on January 3, were found Thursday evening in a shallow grave near the intersection of Fairfield Drive and Crow Road in Escambia County.
Her ex boyfriend, Mikhail Fountain, was arrested earlier in the week for tampering with evidence in connection with her disappearance. He was released on a $50,000 bond on Thursday, then taken back into custody and charged with homicide Friday morning.
Initial reports stated Kayla was last seen being picked up by a Penske truck after dropping her kids off at school.
After clearing the driver of the Penske truck, authorities set their sights on Fountain, a recent ex-boyfriend of Kayla’s.
After being dropped off at home by the driver of the Penske truck on January 3, a truck matching one Fountain drives picked her up a few minutes later.
The driver of the Penske truck says he received a phone call from Kayla’s phone a few minutes after dropping her off, with a male repeatedly asking “Who is this?” before hanging up. Her phone was shut off shortly after.
Fountain returned to her home around 4:30 pm and spoke to her neighbors, asking if he could view their surveillance footage. When authorities accessed the records they realized a lot of data had been deleted.
Police have been searching Fountain’s home and cell phone records throughout the week, and say the case is ongoing.
Fountain was arrested for homicide, battery and resisting arrest at 2:10 am on Friday morning. He is being held in Escambia County Jail with no bond.