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Police: 'Very good possibility' husband got storage unit to hide body

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A woman missing since Thanksgiving Day has been found dead, and Lincoln police think her husband killed her.

Kelsey Danielle Miller, 28, was last seen Nov. 27 at a shelter for domestic violence victims. Her body was found Sunday in a unit at Big Red Self Storage, 7001 Custer St.

On Thursday, police arrested her 33-year-old husband, Kevin Michael Miller, on suspicion of assaulting her on Nov. 22. They arrested him again Sunday night, this time on suspicion of second-degree murder and illegally disposing of human remains, Police Chief Jim Peschong said Monday.

The Millers had been married for five years and lived in a mobile home at 212 Countryside Lane.

Peschong said investigators think she died there but declined to say why. He said they don't know when she died. A pathologist was to do an autopsy Monday afternoon.

Kevin Miller, who goes by Mike, asked a friend to rent a storage unit for him in the friend’s name, Sgt. Luke Wilke said in an affidavit. Peschong said there is a “very good possibility” Mike Miller got the unit to hide his wife’s body.

The friend got suspicious, checked the storage unit Sunday afternoon and found a body that had tattoos matching Kelsey Miller’s, Wilke said.

Her body showed obvious signs of trauma, Peschong said, but he declined to give more details.

The couple's children — a 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, plus a teenager who Mike Miller had from a previous relationship — have been in foster care since Friday, court documents show.

Rachel Zuber said she met Kelsey Miller through an online group of friends who all had 4-year-old children.

“We are all so saddened by her loss and, unfortunately, not surprised by the circumstances,” Zuber said in an email. “We are anxious for her to have justice. For her and her beautiful children.”

In a probable cause affidavit filed Friday, police indicated they had been contacted by an advocate for domestic violence victims who said Kelsey Miller had sought services related to an alleged pattern of ongoing abuse. She had bruises on her neck and told police she'd been choked by her husband and was afraid of him, the affidavit says.

"The victim went missing shortly after seeking services," police said in the court document.

Kelsey Miller had not reported any assaults to police, Peschong said, but investigators learned that Mike Miller may have attacked her in the past.

In 2009, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after hitting a man who owed him money, Officer Katie Flood said. The man suffered a half-inch cut near his right eye, and Miller was convicted of disturbing the peace and fined $300, court records show.

The chief said Kelsey Miller's death marks Lincoln's seventh homicide this year.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7395 or jedwards@journalstar.com.

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