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Suspect arrested in mysterious death of woman burned alive on roadside in ritzy suburb

Texas police arrested a suspect in the horrific death of a woman burned alive earlier this fall in an upscale suburb of Austin.

Firefighters found Melissa Davis, 33, on fire on the side of Mesa Drive near Cat Mountain Drive Sept. 29 after responding to a 911 call reporting a grassfire near a resident’s fence.

Authorities arrested 45-year-old Andrew Alexander Cole Oct. 25 on one felony count of tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair for allegedly setting Davis on fire.

“The decedent was so severely disfigured from the fire that the identification of the sex or race could not be made at the scene,” according to an affidavit obtained by Fox News Digital.

Cole is being held on $100,000 bond in the Travis County Correctional Complex. 

He is also charged in an unrelated case with misdemeanor contempt for allegedly failing to pay child support. The bond in that case was set at $1,800. He’s due back in court Nov. 17.

The Austin Police Department did not return a request for comment. 

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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