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Police search for murdered Palmetto woman's body

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MANATEE Co., Fla. (WWSB) -- The Palmetto Police Department Chief Scott Tyler held a press conference Sunday morning to discuss the multiple-state investigation of a missing Palmetto woman. 

Tricia Freeman, 47, was murdered on Tuesday, March 14, but wasn't reported missing until Wednesday, according to Tyler. 

Palmetto police said, Freeman was killed by her daughter’s boyfriend, Roy Nichols Jr., 26, who also stole her 2016 Chevy Sonic, which was discovered in Ashland, Ky., on Thursday.

The car was found with human blood in the inside, according to the Kentucky State Police. 

Nichols and Freeman's daughter, Kayla Coyler, 21, were arrested Saturday morning in West Virginia. Nichols later confessed to killing Tricia Freeman at her Palmetto home, according to Palmetto police.

During an interview after their arrests, Nichols and Coyler admitted to transporting Freeman's body, in her car, to another location in Florida where they left her body. 

Nichols faces a second-degree murder charge, and Coyler will be charged with an accessory to murder after the fact.

Authorities are currently searching an area in Florida for Freeman's body. The location is not being identified at this time to avoid attention. Once the body is recovered, the location will be released.

The State of Florida is beginning the process to extradite Nichols and Coyler back to Florida.

The investigation is still ongoing as additional forensic evidence is processed and evaluated.