OKLAHOMA CITY – Police have identified the victim found buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of a northwest Oklahoma City home.
Last week, investigators with the Oklahoma City Police Department say they were called to a home in the 2200 block of N.W. 34th St. after receiving a report of a body in the backyard.
Investigators say the body found was buried in a shallow grave and covered with tires.
According to court documents, Jimmy Vongphakdy, 36, says he was digging to work on sewer lines and had no idea there was a body buried in his backyard.
Investigators asked Vongphakdy about his former girlfriend and he told them he hadn’t seen her in weeks.
However, neighbors say they saw her just a few days earlier.
Documents also say they received a phone call about a body in the house, which had been moved and buried in the backyard.
News 4 was able to see into the backyard and noted several large holes and tires in the yard.
Vongphakdy was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Jacalyn Elizabeth Russell.