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Police Arrest Suspect in Kelsey Smith Murder Case

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This undated photo provided by the family shows missing Overland Park, Kan., teen Kelsey Smith.

By Steve Bell


Kansas City, MO – Charges will be filed this morning (Thursday) in the killing of 18 year old Kelsey Smith of Olathe, whose body was found near Longview Lake yesterday (Wednesday). KCUR's Steve Bell reports.

The announcement came shortly before midnight last night, from Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, who was joined by representatives of FBI other area police forces, the FBI and prosecutors.

Douglass: Edwin R. Hall, 26, of Olathe, has been arrested for aggravated kidnapping and murder in the first degree by members of the task force investigating the Kelsey Smith case.

The announcement came just ten hours after searchers found the teen's body near Longview Lake. Officials limited discussion of the evidence to their belief that Hall is person of interest on surveillance tapes, and that he had a pickup truck like the one also seen on the tapes. Hall could make his first court appearance this afternoon. Steve Bell, KCUR News.

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