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Man kills his newlywed stepdaughter and buries her in his backyard

By Mason White 10:55 AM November 28, 2014
Gregory Robert Graf 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A young woman was killed by the man who raised her.

Jessica Padgett of Pennsylvania, had a good life. She had three children and married the love of her life a few months ago.

She also had a good job as a daycare worker. However, when she did not come home from her job one day, her family called police, and they began a manhunt.

Police found the body of Padgett, buried in her parents’ backyard. Her mother was in Florida at the time of the incident, and her stepfather has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Authorities said at a news conference that 53-year-old Gregory Robert Graf, fatally shot her in the back of the head and disposed of her body on the 7 acre Allen Township property, which he shares with her mother.

Authorities said that Graf admitted to killing 33-year-old Padgett, and indicated that there was a “sexual aspect” to the crime.

An autopsy will determine whether Padgett was sexually assaulted by her stepfather. Investigators said that they are still working to determine the nature of the relationship between Graf and Padgett.

Padgett’s family issued a statement after the news of the arrest, saying they are “devastated by the loss of Jessica.”