2 arrested in connection to 2020 death of woman found in duffel bag

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office investigating
Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 20:25:15-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals in connection to the 2020 death of a woman who was found in a duffel bag near a highway in northwestern Missouri.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker located 21-year-old Ariel Starcher in the duffel bag on Feb. 18, 2020, roughly 50 miles north of Kansas City.

The sheriff's office said a man was taken into custody Sunday afternoon in Independence. Another suspect, Taylor Stoughton, was arrested Saturday, according to a Facebook post from the department.

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Stoughton is being held in Buchanan County on charges of second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story named the man who was taken into custody because there was an active search. Because the search is no longer active, 41 Action News is no longer naming the individual.

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