SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 2 -- A 45-year-old man has been charged with the aggravated kidnapping of a woman soldier whose body was found early Thursday about 27 miles north of San Angelo in West Texas. Louis Jones was held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond, said Kay Sparks, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.
Jones had been arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated sexual assault in another case. After interviewing Jones, investigators found the body of 19-year-old Army Pvt. Tracy Joy McBride, Sparks said. So far, Jones has only been charged with aggravated kidnapping. San Angelo police said Jones confessed to murdering McBride. McBride, of Centerville, Minn., was abducted and driven off the Goodfellow Air Force Base base at San Angelo by a man on Feb. 18. She was abducted from a laundry room at the base, authorities said. Goodfellow Air Force Base trains personnel from all branches of the armed forces. McBride was undergoing advanced training, authorities said. McBride's body was found at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Coke County off Texas Route 277. The San Angelo police, Air Force police, the Texas Rangers, the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI are involved in the investigation. McBride's abductor struggled with a male soldier trying to help McBride, said base spokesman Capt. Mike Murk. Murk said McBride was drying clothes in a dorm laundry and talking on the phone with a friend when she was abducted. The soldier who tried to help her was released from Shannon Medical Center on Feb. 20. He sustained cuts in the mouth and bruises to the face and neck. Air Force officials did not release the man's name. Photos of McBride and flyers with descriptions of the attacker were distributed through the San Angelo area.