It could have been a lot worse had Jeffery Lytle’s  former employer not quickly jumped into action and contacted local law enforcement. On February 10th of this year, police arrested Lytle at his home for investigation of two counts of criminal solicitation for murder in the first degree.

Lytle, 42 and his wife Rhoda had a seemingly happy marriage. Married for more than seven years and having a four year old daughter, Rhoda felt like everything was okay with their small family. Jeff had an entirely different outlook. Apparently the family had been struggling financially for some time as he was unemployed and Rhoda worked at Walmart. On February 7th, Jeff  sent out a chilling text meant to go to the alleged hitman, “Shayne”.

“Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you up on that offer.”

“– life insurance is worth 1 million and if you want a bounes you can kill [JL]. Her life insurance is 500K.”

“—if you can make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it a accident she works at Walmart she gets off at 11:00.”

“I’ll split everything with the insurance 50/50”

Instead of those text messages going to the supposed hitman, they went to Jeff’s former employer who immediately sprung into action and alerted authorities. He was willing to have his wife, who left her family, friends and way of life in the Philippines to marry a man who would end up soliciting for her murder. Even more sinister, he was willing to include their precious four year old daughter as a “bonus”.

Had the texts been sent to their intended recipient, or had Jeff’s former employer not acted so quickly we might be reading an entirely different article today and both Jeff and “Shayne” would each be walking away with cash in the tune of $750K in their pockets.

Are you dating someone from another country and thinking you might want to move there? Though these situations are rare, it still pays to be aware of such motives, especially after any financial hardships.

You can read more about this story at KIRO7.