Ricki Taylor: from her disappearance to arrest of ex-husband for murder

PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) - Palestine Police have arrested the ex-husband of Ricki Taylor in connection to her murder. Friday night police arrested 50-year old Andrew Taylor for her death.

Taylor, in the Anderson County Jail, is being held on a one million dollar bond.

"She was really responsible, well respected, and a well liked person."

A murder case, shaking the city of Palestine.

"I was surprised that it was somebody local because it seems like we're too little to be having stuff like that," Palestine resident said.

"It was kind of a shock, that you know that people out there does that, it's sad."

On June 21st, 46 year old Ricki Taylor was shot once in the head. The suspect, her ex-husband, Andrew Taylor. Palestine Police say from the evidence of cell phone records and coordinates, they were able to make the arrest and find Taylor's body.

"On a case like this where human life is taken, they use the utmost of their efforts to help us in investigations of this nature, to bring justice to the family and justice to the victim," Lt. Gabriel Green, Palestine Police, said.

Taylor became a missing persons case on June 22nd, last seen within walking distance of Willie Myers Park where police later found her truck.

One day later, her body found in Houston County, less than an hour away from Palestine.

"I knew Ricki Taylor, we talked, she worked the front desk at Pine Country, we'd go there for events, talk about fun things, and to just have it abruptly happen like that, is a shock," Lt. Green said.

Police say this case is under investigation, still not knowing of a motive or of any history of abuse.

"With our detectives and our city, we did the best that we were able to to make sure that those responsible for the loss of life, were held responsible."

The Palestine Police will be hosting self defense classes for the community after this incident, hoping to bring some peace of mind.

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