July 20, 2024

FORT RILEY — After five years, the perfect crime became the imperfect crime. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said federal charges have been filed in connection with the discovery of a body submerged in a car in Moon Lake at Fort Riley. Christopher Anthony Wilaby, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., was charged with five counts alleging he committed crimes on a federal military installation in connection with the discovery of the body of Echo May Wiles. Wiles’ decomposed body was found in the back seat of her 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the bottom of the lake in April, Grissom said. A construction worker saw the car’s antenna after the lake was partly drained for a construction project. Since then, investigators found evidence alleging that indicates that Wilaby strangled Wiles at a trailer court in Junction City in Aaugust 2005, Grissom said. Wilaby and Wiles were involved in an ongoing relationship and had been arguing before her death, he said. The evidence indicates that Wilaby loaded her body into her car and drove the car onto Fort Riley, where he sunk it in Moon Lake, he said. Wilaby is in custody in Pensacola.
Thursday, Dec. 9, 9 p.m.

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