Kelsey Smith Murder Suspect Arrested

kelseysmithsuspect01.jpgIn Kansas it’s 3:18 am — I couldn’t sleep well because Kelsey’s abduction, murder, and callous disposal in a lake has disturbed me greatly. My daugher shops at the same store Kelsey was taken from. Thousands have searched for her, only to have all hopes shattered after the corpse was found at Longview Lake.

Earlier I wrote a poem about Justice, and this is Kansas where Justice means prosecuter Phil Kline, who just announced that charges will be filed Thursday morning against Olathe resident Edwin R. Hall. I urge him to seek the death penalty if this man is guilty of the crime.

UPDATE FRIDAY 6/8 PM

Two video feeds of suspect here at AP

UPDATE FROM FOX NEWS please read the whole article, lots of background here.

AP Story below:

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – Police arrested a man in the abduction and death of a teenager whose body was found Wednesday in a Missouri park four days after she disappeared from a Kansas store’s parking lot. Authorities said 18-year-old Kelsey Smith’s body was found at a lake in Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of where she had disappeared Saturday. They did not say how Smith died.Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass identified the suspect as Edwin R. Hall, 26, of Olathe. Hall was expected to be charged Thursday with premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.Douglass said Hall was interviewed Wednesday after police acted on a tip that matched him to a vehicle seen in surveillance video pulling into the Target parking lot about a minute after Smith parked there.He declined to comment on the circumstances of Hall’s questioning or evidence in the case.Douglass said Hall appeared to be the same person shown in the video walking into the Target soon after Smith entered the store.“I want to again express my condolences to the Smith family,” he said. “I realize that this is not the preferred conclusion. While we cannot give them their daughter back, we can at least give them justice.”

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