DAYTON -- A second body found in Dayton today has been identified as a Mansfield woman reported missing nine days ago, according to police in the Montgomery County city.

Burkhart, Hayton

Kayla Hayton and Todd Burkhart

Lt. Jason Hall said the body found in the 900 block of West Stewart Street was Kayla Hayton, 20, last seen with her boyfriend, Todd Burkhart, 28, on Nov. 16 when the couple dropped off her daughter in Columbus with her grandparents.

Hall said the body was found with the assistance of cadaver dogs from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Burkhart's body was found in a nearby abandoned house on Friday, according to police.

Hall also said police have taken Larry D. Rodgers, 30, into custody as "a person of interest" in the now-double homicide. According to the Montgomery County Jail website, Rodgers was booked into the jail Saturday at 3:21 a.m.

Bond for Rodgers was set at $100,000 during a court appearance this afternoon, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Larry Rodgers

Larry Rodgers, 31, is in custody as "a person of interest" in what Dayton police are calling the double homicide of a Mansfield couple.

"Right now, he is the sole person of interest," Hall said when asked if there were others suspected in the case.

Rodgers is being held on a weapons charge, police said.

Burkhart and Hayton, who was pregnant, reportedly told family they'd be traveling to Dayton, possibly to purchase an firearm for a friend. The couple was to return Nov. 17.

"I believe the victims were killed in the homes where they were found," Hall said.

According to a published report at WHIO-TV7, police arrested Rodgers after they obtained a search warrant for a house in the 600 block of Groveland Avenue “in relation to an ongoing homicide investigation,” court records read.

A .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine was found in the closet of the bedroom Rodgers shared with his girlfriend, court records show. Rodgers was not allowed to have a weapon because of a previous burglary conviction.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy Tuesday on Hayton's body, Hall said.

Mansfield police Capt. Shari Robertson said the department's major crimes detectives will assist Dayton police in "any way possible."

"Unfortunately, this is not the outcome we had hoped for and we ask that you keep both families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," Robertson said.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.