Suspect Arrested in Mysterious Death of Woman Burned Alive on Roadside in Prestigious Suburb

Texas police have arrested a suspect in the horrifying death of a woman who was burned alive earlier this fall in the prestigious Austin suburb.

Firefighters discovered 33-year-old Melissa Davis engulfed in flames on the shoulder of Mesa Drive near Cat Mountain Drive on September 29th after responding to a 911 call reporting a grass fire near a residential fence.

Authorities arrested 45-year-old Andrew Alexander Cole on October 25th on one count of tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair in connection with Davis's suspected immolation.

"The deceased was so severely disfigured due to the fire that it was impossible to determine gender or race at the scene," according to written statements obtained by Fox News Digital.

Davis had to be identified through fingerprint analysis.

The charge came after weeks of investigation into the mysterious death of the University of North Texas graduate.

Investigators reportedly linked Cole to the gruesome crime through mobile phone data and surveillance camera footage, although it's unclear from written statements obtained by Fox News Digital how the pair knew each other.


The document states that surveillance footage captured them together at a La Quinta Inn hotel in South Austin.

On September 28th, around 7:00 p.m., Davis can be seen in her blue Toyota 4Runner following a white Kia, later identified as Cole's vehicle, into the motel's parking lot at 1603 E. Oltorf St.

Davis, who had a master's degree in sustainable tourism from the University of North Texas, exits her SUV and greets Cole and an unnamed man before all three enter the motel. That's the last time Davis is seen on the video footage.

The La Quinta Inn hotel parking lot. Melissa Davis, 33, was last seen at the La Quinta Inn hotel in South Austin the night before she was burned on the roadside in a prestigious suburb. (Google Maps)

Later that same night, Cole is seen leaving the motel several times in Davis's Toyota.

The following morning, at 4:03 a.m., Cole pulls up to the rear of the La Quinta Inn, opens the trunk, and places an "object of some weight" inside, according to written statements.

Davis's Toyota 4Runner was captured on home surveillance footage traveling south on Mesa Drive at 4:54 a.m., not far from where she was discarded on the roadside in the Northwest Hills area.


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