Samantha Greenlee had been missing since Oct. 8.
Her boyfriend, Jacob Ferrero, 22, who’s also the father of her unborn child, was arrested by the Columbus Police Department this morning. He’s charged with murder and aggravated arson, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to the arrest report.
Ferrero gave a full confession to a fire investigator before leading police to the location of Greenlee’s body, authorities told ABC News.
Greenlee was last seen working her waitressing shift at a local restaurant before heading home, police said. Two days later, she missed a doctor’s appointment –- and a fire broke out in the apartment, with Ferrero telling police that their dog kicked over a candle, igniting the fire.
He later confessed to starting the fire as a way to cover up Greenlee's death, authorities said.
The developments in the case come hours after family and friends held a vigil, hoping for Greenlee’s safe return.
“She was a caring person. She always thought about other people,” her father Douglas Greenlee told ABC News on Tuesday. “She would do stuff for others before she would think about herself.”
Greenlee’s mother Winnie Chutes said it was uncommon for her daughter to go so long without contact.
“Samantha would have contacted us by now. There’s a reason why she’s not contacting us,” Chutes said.