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A 54-year-old woman who lives with two people suspected in the disappearance of Santa Clara resident David Corey Heisler has been accused of assisting the pair in kidnapping the missing man.
Tammy Renee Freeman was charged Monday with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felony aggravated burglary and second-degree felony car theft the same counts filed last week against Francis Lee McCard, 55, and Kelley Marie Perry, 31.
The three, who share a house on East Peach Drive in Washington City, are all being held in a Washington County Jail.
Santa Clara-Ivins police officers, who had a warrant to search the home, arrested Freeman Saturday. She appeared Monday in 5th District Court and was appointed a public defender. Her next court appearance is July 18, and she has a bail review scheduled for the next day.
Freeman's bail is set at $50,000, cash only. McCard is being held without bail. Bail for Perry who is the mother of Heisler's child is set at $100,000, cash only.
McCard and Perry were appointed public defenders at an initial court appearance Thursday, and they have another court appearance scheduled for July 18. The case has been assigned to Judge Eric Ludlow.
Heisler disappeared June 27 from the Santa Clara home where he and his 6-year-old daughter had been living with his father and stepmother. The 30-year-old man had been awarded sole custody of his daughter on June 13, according to court records.
Charging documents allege the three defendants admit that Freeman drove Perry and McCard to Heisler's home. Perry knocked on the door and McCard pushed Heisler aside when he answered and assaulted him, the documents say. Then, the two allegedly forced Heisler into his own car and took him to an undisclosed location.
Heisler's 2002 Saturn was found on July 1 abandoned in Beaver Dam, Ariz., an unincorporated community in Mohave County. Blood was found on the exterior of the car and a bullet casing inside the vehicle, court documents say.
Court documents say Freeman admitted she coordinated efforts to pick up both suspects after the kidnapping and car theft, driving one of them to Mesquite, Nev., and picking up the other one in Beaver Dam.
"There was also video surveillance obtained that depicted Tammy helping Mr. McCard in altering his appearance immediately after the incident," a charging document says.
A GoFundMe page was set up Saturday seeking help in finding Heisler. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact the Washington County dispatch or the Santa Clara Ivins Police Department at 435-634-5730.