LAWRENCE, Kan. - A 19-year-old Topeka woman is in custody in connection to the murder of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.
Authorities say Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn was taken into custody Saturday night after police found her with a controlled substance in the Everglades National Park in Florida.
According to the Everglades National Park PIO, McLinn was found sleeping in a car in the visitors' parking lot around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. When they ran the plates, they found it was involved in a missing persons case.
During a press conference on Monday, the Lawrence Police Department said McLinn is being held on a charge of first degree murder.
Lawrence police flew to Florida and verified McLinn's identity. McLinn has been missing since early January.
Sasko's body was discovered January 19. In Monday's press conference, police said based on evidence found at the home, Sasko was subdued before he was killed with "an edged instrument."
"We believe that Mr. Sasko was somehow subdued. We don't know how that occurred yet, we're still investigating that. The evidence at the scene suggests that she was the only one involved," Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Katib said during the newsconference.
Police also said they believe McLinn is the only person involved in Sasko's death, and they are not looking for any more suspects.
The relationship between Sasko and McLinn is still unclear.
On Monday, McLinn's family's pastor issued the following statement:
The announcement of pending criminal charges relating to Sarah Gonzalez McLinn is disturbing and shocking. I, as rector, and the people of St. David's Church, will continue to provide pastoral support and prayer to the family, and I will be available to Sarah once she is returned to Kansas. Out of respect for the family, and their need for privacy at this time, no further comments will be made unless directed by them. We urge everyone to pray for this very sad situation and for all involved.
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