Police: Homeless man admits to waking up next to Lufkin woman's dead body
Winfred Kilgore. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail.
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a homeless man who they say admitted to waking up next to a Lufkin woman's dead body.
Winfred Kilgore, 55, is charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Last week, police released a bulletin asking for the public's help in locating Kilgore. Within minutes after that bulletin was released, police learned Kilgore was in Jacksonville.
An arrest warrant affidavit provides more detail into the death of Joy Yvonee Bybee, who was found dead under a bridge in the 300 block of South Timberland Drive.
The affidavit states Bybee's body was discovered nude and lying between two mattresses and her body was not visible to the public. It also states police learned of the body from her boyfriend on Aug. 11, around 5 p.m.
Police were attempting to locate Kilgore as part of their investigation into the death of Joy Bybee. The affidavit states a local business video shows Bybee enter the business with Kilgore. He was the last person she was seen alive with.
According to Smith, the detectives did not have information that suggested Kilgore was involved in the circumstances leading to Bybee's death, but they did know that Kilgore was with her the previous day and believed that he possessed information that would assist in determining her actions prior to her death.
Upon receiving information that Kilgore was in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Police Department located Kilgore and notified him of Lufkin Police Department's investigation and need to speak with him. Kilgore waited at Jacksonville Police Department until the detectives arrived from Lufkin and interviewed him.
According to the affidavit, after several inconsistent statements, Kilgore admitted that he had spent the night with Bybee under the bridge. When he woke up, Bybee was lying dead next to him, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said he panicked and quickly left the scene without telling police about the body, according to the affidavit.
Angelina County Jail records show Kilgore was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Friday, where he is being held on a $10,000 bail.