KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The FBI discovered what they believe to be the remains of a woman who disappeared near her family’s Florida where she had gone to hide from her abusive husband.
Authorities had taken 58-year-old Jarvis Madison into custody in Louisville, Kentucky the day before 44-year-old Rachael Madison’s body was discovered alongside a remote rural highway in Tennessee.
She had gone missing after going out for a jog on Nov. 27 near her family’s home in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida. Family members immediately suspected Jarvis Madison had abducted her.
She had fled to Florida to get away from her husband, who family members said had recently fired a weapon at her while she tried to get away from him.
According to a missing person’s report filed with the Volusia County Sheriff, Rachael Madison called her aunt on Nov. 12 and begged her “to come to Kentucky and take her away from her abusive husband.”
The report detailed long-running violent abuse with Jarvis Madison allegedly pouring acid on a tattoo on Rachael Madison’s lower back, leaving a large burn scar. It also indicated that she had a scar on the neck where he had cut her with a knife.
“Those past incidents are what has us concerned for her well-being,” sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
During the two weeks Rachael Madison had been in Florida, her husband called relatives daily demanding to know her whereabouts, police said. He allegedly even threatened to kill her aunt for hiding her.
On Nov. 30, police in Indiana, where the Madison’s had lived, issued a warrant for Jarvis Madison’s arrest on a charge of criminal confinement. They described him as a transient who frequented 24-hour Wal-Marts, gas stations and parks and warned that he was believed to have been armed with a .45 caliber handgun.
He was arrested as he left a Wal-Mart in Louisville while driving a silver 2011 Honda Pilot police had been on the lookout for.