Details of Disappearance Ferel was last seen in Palm Springs, California on May 7, 2016. He has never been heard from again. In November 2017, Justin Todd Rey was charged with his murder.
By this time, he had already been in jail for a month; police had found him and two of his children living in a storage unit in Lenexa, Kansas, which also contained his wife's dismembered remains. He said she died in childbirth in a Kansas City, Missouri hotel, then changed his story and said her death was a suicide. He said he dismembered the body because he didn't want his children to be taken from him.
Rey was initially charged in Kansas with aggravated child endangerment, contributing to a child's misconduct, and sexual exploitation of a child, as well in Missouri as abandonment of a corpse, but he hasn't been charged in her death. He was convicted of the Kansas charges and has yet to stand trial for the Missouri or California charges.
A photo of Rey is posted with this case summary. Ferel disappeared after going on vacation with him. Not long after, several thousand dollars in charges were made to Ferel's cards, and his loved ones got text messages from his number that they don't believe were actually written by him. Investigators think Rey assumed his identity; an acquaintance said Rey bragged he regularly stole property from "old dead guys" and used their credit and debit cards.
In August 2016, after a car accident near Los Angeles, California, Rey was found driving Ferel's car. Ferel's blood was in the trunk, along with his driver's license, cellular phone and credit cards. Rey said he dropped Ferel off at a home in Menifee, California, but residents of the property said they had never met Ferel. More of his belongings were found inside a Kingman, Arizona storage unit Rey was renting, and surveillance footage from various businesses showed Rey using his credit cards.
Rey is awaiting trial for Ferel's murder. His body has not been found, but foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.
- Palm Springs Police Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 28, 2019; casefile added.