Man Faces Murder Charge After North Carolina Woman Was Found Dead In Edmond

A man has been charged with murder in the first degree after the body of a North Carolina woman was discovered on Friday near an Edmond storage facility.

Wednesday, July 10th 2024, 3:44 pm

By: News 9, Sylvia Corkill


A man has been charged with murder in the first degree after the body of a North Carolina woman was discovered on Friday near an Edmond storage facility.

Body camera footage was released from Edmond Police on Tuesday.

The Timeline

According to Edmond Police, officers responded to a call at around 12:25 p.m. on July 5, regarding a possible deceased person at a storage facility near Coltrane Place and East 2nd Street.

The full 911 call can be heard below:

Police say that officers found the body of a deceased female, later identified as 30-year-old Elyse Marie Betz.

Elyse Betz's family reported her missing in June, but the family received the devastating call last week and learned she was found nearly 1,500 miles away from home.

Police say that officers learned Betz had been staying at a nearby hotel, with 36-year-old Kyle Robert Fedus. Police later shared that Fedus was wanted out of North Carolina for robbery with a firearm.

Betz's family says that she only knew the Fedus for a few weeks.

Police located Fedus on July 6 at another hotel in Edmond, and he was arrested for his outstanding warrant.

The body camera footage released by police on Tuesday can be seen below:

Police say that Fedus confessed to a pact with Betz, in which they “agreed to overdose using a syringe of Methamphetamine and Fentanyl if law enforcement found them.”

Fedus shared with police that on July 4 they left their hotel on foot because they “feared the presence of law enforcement.”

Police confirmed that Fedus said they ran through the woods and ended up at the storage facility where they decided to commit suicide by overdose.

Fedus admitted to administering the fatal dose to Betz, after injecting himself, according to police.

Police say that the Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted an autopsy, and toxicology results are pending.

What's Next?

Family members say Elyse Betz was incredibly accomplished and worked as an engineer. 

“She was an engineer, the first class of women engineers from her all-girls private college, she rode equestrian, she played field hockey,” said Elyse’s sister Laura Beckman.

A court filing says her vehicle was discovered at a hotel less than a mile away from the storage facility.

Investigators say Fedus claimed to be her boyfriend, something Betz's sister Laura Beckman denies.

“I think she was manipulated into being kidnapped and he murdered her,” Beckman said.

Struggling with their mother's death, Laura says Elyse sought treatment for alcohol, which is where she met Fedus.

“Unfortunately, he found an easy target to manipulate,” Beckman said. 

“If you knew my sister was dead, and you were supposed to be dead then why did you leave her there? Why didn’t you call 911? And if you were supposed to kill yourself, then why didn’t you kill yourself?” said Beckman.

Her family is now vowing to get justice. “I’m not letting him get out of prison over my dead body,” said Beckman.


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