Grandfather of Kayla Qualls' 2 children arrested for her murder - WKRN News 2

Grandfather of Kayla Qualls' 2 children arrested for her murder

Posted: Updated: Nov 29, 2012 6:47 AM CST
Michael Curtis, 49, is charged with first degree murder for the death of Kayla Qualls. Michael Curtis, 49, is charged with first degree murder for the death of Kayla Qualls.
Kayla Qualls' body was discovered in her Ford Explorer parked in a field near the intersection of Spring Creek Road and UT Farm Road Monday. Kayla Qualls' body was discovered in her Ford Explorer parked in a field near the intersection of Spring Creek Road and UT Farm Road Monday.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -

Authorities on Wednesday arrested the paternal grandfather of Kayla Qualls' two children for her murder.

Michael Curtis, 49, was taken into custody around 7 p.m. after police searched his home in Tullahoma.

The arrest comes on the heels of an intense, three-day investigation conducted by the Franklin and Coffee county sheriff's offices, Tullahoma and Estill Springs police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Qualls' body was discovered in her Ford Explorer parked in a field near the intersection of Spring Creek Road and UT Farm Road in Franklin County Monday.

It is believed the 23-year-old died of a head injury.  Autopsy results are pending.

Qualls' funeral will be held Sunday at the Lynchburg Funeral Home on Fayetteville Highway in Lynchburg.

Visitation is at 2 p.m.  The funeral will follow.

Friends and family are asked to bring pictures of Qualls, instead of flowers, so family members can make a memorial photo album for her two young children, who are ages two and three.

Curtis is charged with first degree murder and remains jailed on a $1 million bond at the Coffee County jail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday at 9 a.m.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said there is still a second person of interest in the case.

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