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Missing Mom's Ex-Boyfriend and His Wife Charged in Her Murder

Comstock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Police are trying to determine whether a body in Texas is that of North Carolina mom Laura Ackerson, and two people -- the woman's former boyfriend and his new wife -- have been arrested and charged in connection with her murder.

Ackerson's ex-boyfriend, Grant Ruffin Hayes, and his wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, were taken into custody at 1 a.m. Monday in Kinston, N.C., and "charged with murder in connection with the death of Laura Jean Ackerson," according to a statement from police.

A body was found in a Fort Bend County, Texas, creek, but police said they had not yet confirmed that it was Ackerson's remains.

"We're neither confirming nor debunking that information," said Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department on Monday.

Police in Fort Bend County said that dive teams are currently searching the creek area.

Ackerson, 27, was last heard from on July 13 and was believed to have been in Wilson, N.C., on business. She was reported missing by a co-worker on July 18 after she failed to show up to work.

Sheri Ackerson, a friend and former sister-in-law to Laura Ackerson, told ABC News that Hayes and the missing mother had a tumultuous relationship that spanned several years and that they had become embroiled in a bitter custody dispute over their two children.

Hayes wanted Laura Ackerson to give up custody of the children so his wife could adopt them, Sheri Ackerson said.

"All I know is that he was horrible to her," said Sheri Ackerson, who was once close friends with the missing woman and lived with her for about a year.

Sheri Ackerson said that even before Hayes and his wife were charged with murder she never believed that Laura Ackerson would run off and leave her children, and wouldn't have done anything to jeopardize her upcoming custody hearing.

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