Dismembered body identified as TWU student; suspect in custody

Victim found in Grapevine park identified

GRAPEVINE -- Police in Grapevine have identified the woman whose body was found dismembered and burned near Grapevine Lake last week and arrested a Haslet man for her murder.

Monday morning the woman was identified as Jacqueline Vandagriff, 24, of Frisco. Police say her body was found in Acorn Woods Park near the lake on Wednesday. Investigators were able to get fingerprints from the body, police said in a Monday press conference.

On Sunday afternoon, police arrested Charles Dean Bryant and charged him with capital murder. Bryant, 30, is being held on $1 million bond.


FBI agents and police were searching a home near the Haslet-Fort Worth line Sunday evening and Monday morning in connection with Vandagriff's death. They had not said how the house is connected.

Vandagriff lived in Denton and was a junior studying nutrition at Texas Woman's University, the school confirmed. According to Facebook, she studied esthetics at Paul Mitchell and worked at Sambuca 360 at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.

She was seen on video at a Denton bar with Bryant the night before her death, police said Monday. It's not clear if the two knew each other before that night. 

Police said Bryant's previous run-ins with the law include forgery and possession of marijuana, but did not clarify whether or not he had any prior convictions.

TWU sent this letter to staff and students:

Dear TWU Colleagues:

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to let you know we have lost one of our nutrition students this week, 24-year-old  Jacqueline Vandagriff of Frisco, Texas.  The death of a student affects the entire TWU community, and I know that all of us send our deepest sympathy to Jacqueline's family and friends.  Jacqueline exemplified the spirit of learning and service that is the hallmark of our TWU community.  She lived her life with a desire to serve others through her interest in nutrition.

Grapevine police are continuing to investigate the circumstances around her death, following the discovery of her remains in Acorn Woods Park the morning of September 14th.  I have attached the Sept. 19 Press Release from the Grapevine Police Department.  Grapevine Police will provide further information to the media later today.   If you have any information regarding Jacqueline, please contact the Grapevine Police Department at (817) 410-8127 or TWU police at (940)-898-2911.

A loss of this magnitude reminds us how special and fleeting life can be.  May her loss also remind our community how important it is to reach out to one another to offer strength and  support and to seek help when needed. 

Our Counseling Center is available to support and assist students during this trying time (www.twu.edu/counseling or call (940) 898-3801 in Denton;  (214) 689-6655 in Dallas ; or (713) 794-2059 in Houston.)  All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff have access to the services of an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee.  One may contact the EAP 24 hours a day at 1-800-343-3822.

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