41-year-old Keysha Preston was married to Sean Dacko Preston. The couple was together for over two decades, had three sons together, and lived in Houston, Texas. In 2020, one of the children in their family told Keysha that Sean was sexually assaulting him. Originally, Keysha thought the child was “embellishing” until she caught Sean in the act and witnessed the assault, reports Law & Crime. Keysha reported Sean to the police. The couple got a divorce.
In November 2021, Keysha failed to show up for Thanksgiving dinner with her family.
"She would have been here for Thanksgiving," her mother Sheryl Blakes, told ABC 13. "(Should have come) even the day after because her auntie had cooked. She'd been here, she'd been here."
Their calls to her phone went unanswered, and on November 29, 2021, her son reported her missing.
"She wasn't calling him back, and that wasn't normal,” prosecutor Janna Oswald told ABC 13.
Investigators discovered that Keysha had been at a motel at 3618 Laura Koppe Road between November 24 and November 25. Surveillance video shows Keysha and Sean walking into room 120 of the motel. Keysha never walked out.
"(Keysha) never exited," prosecutor Oswald told ABC 13. "We see (Sean) go in numerous times with duffle bags and other ways to carry things. He does carry things, things that looked heavy, and (Keysha) was never seen."
Authorities believe Keysha was lured to the hotel and killed in room 120 between November 24 and November 25. Sean checked out of the room on November 25th. According to ABC 13, the housekeeping staff reported a "strong bleach smell" in the room.
A witness came forth and stated that Sean told him he "needed some muriatic acid and a throw down vehicle," reports News Onyx. The man did not provide Sean with any assistance and told the authorities about the requests.
Sean Preston was arrested, and he was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child relative and murder. Authorities believe Sean dismembered Keysha in room 102 and then took her body from the hotel in duffle bags to an unknown location.
Keysha Preston has never been found.