Update: Kayla Nicole Rice Homicide Investigation
Beaumont Police Investigators filed Tampering with Evidence charges and had a warrant issued for Jonathan Paul Menard, a 35 year old Beaumont man, Monday, February 22, 2021. Menard was arrested in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana February 11, 2021 for a Parole Violation Warrant issued February 2, 2021. Menard was transferred from Calcasieu Parish to Jefferson County, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Additional charges are pending and may be filed as early as next week.
Beaumont Police Detectives have confirmed that Kayla Nicole Rice, a missing 33 year old Beaumont resident, was found deceased in Vinton, Louisiana, Thursday, February 11, 2021. Her death is being investigated by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, The Beaumont Police Department and Federal Investigators. The family has been notified. If you have information about her disappearance, contact Beaumont Police Department- 409-832-1234 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS or download the P3 Tips app and use your smart phone or tablet to submit your tip. All tips are anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
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The Beaumont Police Department is searching for Kayla Nicole Rice, a 33 year old Beaumont resident, who has not been seen or heard from since the end of November 2020. She was reported missing in December by family who live out of state. Kayla was last known to be living in the 1100 block of Mcfaddin. At the time of the initial report, her vehicle was immediately located by police but was found to have been physically altered. In November, Kayla was six months pregnant. BPD Detectives have interviewed several known associates but have not been able to locate Kayla. Our main concern is to check Kayla's welfare and make sure she is ok.
If you have any information about Kayla Rice or her whereabouts, please call Beaumont Police at 409-832-1234.