Police in Missouri have identified the dismembered body found buried on the property of a sex abuse suspect this week as a 32-year-old Texas woman who had been missing since October 2020, with court records alleging that she was choked to death and then cut up with a chainsaw as part of a sexual fantasy.
Investigators were led on Wednesday to the remains of Kensie Aubry, from Pearland, Texas, by a teenage girl who accused the owner of the property near Grain Valley of molesting her.
The teenager told police she learned that 40-year-old Michael Hendricks had killed a woman and hidden her body. She also was shown photos of a woman’s dismembered body, the girl told investigators.
Independence police announced on Thursday that the remains were positively identified as Aubry, who was reported missing in October 2020.
They found the remains on the property in the 4000 block of South Buckner-Tarsney Road near Grain Valley.
Identified: Police in Missouri have positively identified missing Texas woman Kensie Aubry, 32, as the victim whose dismembered remains were found on Wednesday on a suspected child molester’s property
Michael Hendricks, 40 (left), faces charges related to child abuse along with his girlfriend, Maggie Ybarra, 30 (right). Aubry’s remains were found on Hendricks’ property
The remains were found on the property in the 4000 block of South Buckner-Tarsney Road near Grain Valley amid a missing person investigation
As of Friday, Hendricks has not been charged in connection with Aubry’s murder, but he has been jailed on $500,000 bond stemming from accusations of sexually abusing the girl who reported the body to the police.
Hendrick’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Maggie Ybarra, faces the same charges as her boyfriend, including two counts of enticement or attempted enticement of a child less than 15 years old, third-degree child molestation of a child less than 14, two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct and four counts related to tampering with evidence.
The case began unfolding in April, when the unnamed teen, who is in the foster care system, told police that Ybarra had shown her photos on her phone of a naked, bound and gagged woman.
Police were led to the scene by a teenage girl, who told them that she heard from Ybarra that Hendricks had choked a woman to death, dismembered her body and buried it
The body found near Grain Valley has not been identified and police have not named the missing person
Other images were said to have depicted dismembered human remains.
Ybarra allegedly told the teen that she and Hendricks ‘killed the female and disposed of the body,’ according to a probable cause statement cited by KSHB.
The woman allegedly went on to reveal that she and her boyfriend were in a sexual relationship with the victim in the photos, and that Hendricks ‘choked her to death’ before stuffing her body in the freezer, then cutting it up and burying it.
Police have not revealed the exact nature of Ybarra’s relationship with the girl, but the court document stated that the teen was removed from her care as a child stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by one of the woman’s ex-boyfriends.
The teen reconnected with Ybarra last fall and began visiting her every week.
The girl claimed that Hendricks, the owner of a small aviation company, once kissed her on the knee in a sexual manner, and another time touched her inappropriately after Ybarra had her put on lingerie.
FBI agents are seen on the scene assisting with the investigation into the dismembered body
On that occasion, the girl said Hendricks told her ‘it turned him on when people died’ as all three of them were in bed together watching a horror film.
Ybarra and Hendricks began having sex and asked the teen if she wanted to know what it felt like, according to the records. The next day, the woman allegedly told the girl she and Hendricks wanted to have a sexual relationship with her.
Hendricks and Ybarra are scheduled to appear in court on July 20 for a pre-trial hearing.