A former NPR Music employee has been arrested in Tennessee on charges that she was an accessory to murder and kidnapping in connection with the abduction of a Nashville woman in the early 1990s, according to court documents.
Kelley Ann Bare, 50, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested Thursday by federal agents after being questioned by FBI agents.
She has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and other crimes, according the complaint.
Bare is scheduled to appear in federal court in Nashville on Monday.
The Nashville Police Department said Friday that they were aware of the charges.
Bare was one of three employees of NPR, the flagship music station of the public broadcaster.
Her current employer, NPR, said she is “deeply saddened and deeply hurt by these allegations.”
A spokesman for NPR did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the complaint, the victim was a 22-year-old woman named “Jane Doe” who worked at the NPR Music offices in Nashville and Nashville, Tennessee.
She was kidnapped in 1997 and later died from her injuries, according a criminal complaint.
The complaint says the victim’s body was never found.
NPR Music has since moved to Nashville and has hired an independent agency to investigate the case.
The FBI did not respond to messages seeking comment.
NPR’s music division, which is based in New York, was the subject of a major police investigation after the disappearance of musician Kim Carnes in 1999.
In 2014, Carnes was found dead in a car in Nashville.
In February, NPR announced that it would no longer employ Bare.
The network said that “as a result of the tragic loss of one of our most dedicated and talented employees, we have chosen to terminate her employment.”
NPR said it will begin an internal review to find a replacement for Bare.