By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6
NOWATA, OK -- It was on Friday when the parents of 24 year old Allison Castaldi reported her missing. Nowata Police were led to her body last night by her fiancé. They say he killed Castaldi, stuffed her body in a barrel and dumped it in a remote area near Nowata.
Allison, who also went by Becka, graduated with academic honors from Bishop Kelley High School in 2002. She had attended the American Broadcasting School and worked on a botany degree.
She loved to garden and cook. And, her parents, who adopted her when she was just 30 days old, are completely devastated.
"It's a parent's worst nightmare," said her mother, Gayle Castaldi.
Becka Castaldi's parents are trying to come to grips with the murder of their youngest daughter. They say she wanted to write commercials and had many talents.
"Artist deluxe, good artist, very good artist, avid reader, devoured books, loved to read," said her mother, Gayle Castaldi.
Her parents say when Becka first started dating Randall Wagers, all was good, but then, trouble surfaced: his drinking problem, his anger, his control.
"He didn't want her to have any friends. No friends," said her father, Mike Castaldi.
"She had to ask permission to see certain family members," added her mother.
They urged her to leave, but they say Becka was always trying to save people and felt she could help him.
"She said she would go to AA with him, stand by him, did not want to give up on him, but he gave up on her and took her life and took our child away from us," said Gayle Castaldi.
When Mike and Gayle didn't hear from Becka, they got worried and when they got no answers from Randall, they became frantic.
Her parents stopped by her house and found some of her furniture missing and a barrel that is always there was gone. That's when they knew something was terribly wrong.
Police found a bullet hole and blood in the floor and phone records showed everyone was trying to call Becka except her fiancé. They say Wagers confessed on Monday night and led them to her body which was inside the missing barrel.
Becka's family says he was with them over the weekend, but never let on.
"He hugged Gayle and shook my hand like nothing was wrong," said Mike Castaldi.
"And all that time, he knew. He knew what he had done, knew we were worried and upset, not knowing where she was," added Gayle Castaldi.
Records show Wagers told police the only reason he was showing them where he dumped Becka's body was for the sake of her mother. Police say it's a good thing, because chances are, she would never have been found.
Wagers faces a first degree murder charge.