WATERLOO – A Waterloo man jailed for allegedly leaving the state while police investigated his wife’s disappearance and death has been arrested for allegedly helping another inmate break a restraining order.

Fredrick Williams, 27, was arrested Thursday on two misdemeanor counts of aiding and abetting violating a no contact order.

Authorities allege Williams phoned a woman from the Black Hawk County Jail on behalf of Markus Harding — who is awaiting trial on domestic abuse and false imprisonment charges — Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. Williams allegedly told the woman — Harding’s alleged victim — Harding suggested she “stay outta Dodge” and to tell the kids Harding loves them, court record state.

Police investigating the calls listened to a recording of the conversation and could hear Harding in the background, court records state.

Harding also is accused of violating the restraining order for allegedly using another inmate’s pin number to phone the woman in January and tell her to change her address to avoid court subpoenas.

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Authorities said the phone calls weren’t related to the death of Williams’ wife, Lakisha Owens, 40.

Owens was reported missing by her mother on Jan. 25. Police questioned Williams about the disappearance Jan. 26, and following the interview he left Waterloo and was later found in St. Paul, Minn.

He was detained on a charge that leaving Iowa violated the terms of his probation in a 2014 mugging.

Owens’ body was discovered in Garden of Memories Cemetery, and police said they are treating her death as a homicide. No one had been arrested in connection with Owens’s death.

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