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Kansas City, Missouri, police turn to Amazon Alexa device for clues in shooting death of 2 researchers

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Oct 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-05 13:27:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Detectives with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department are hoping an Amazon Alexa device can provide clues in the shooting death of two people last weekend in an apartment building.

A search warrant filed in Jackson County revealed more details about the double homicide that left two researchers with the Stowers Institute for Medical Research dead.

KCFD firefighters responded to a blaze at an apartment located in the 4100 block of Oak Street.

When crews entered, they located the victims — later identified as Camila Behrensen, 24, and Pablo Guzman-Palma, 25 — suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Investigators filed the search warrant seeking to obtain cloud storage from an Alexa device.

They believe the suspect may have been inside the apartment with Behrensen and Guzman-Palma for several hours, according to the search warrant. This includes before and after the victims' death.

In the filing, investigators say the Alexa device may have captured conversations between the suspect and the victims. No other information on what exactly happened that morning has been released.

KCPD asked residents who live near the area where the homicides happen for surveillance video in a public plea Tuesday.

The Stowers Institute described the victims as "vibrant members" of the research facility's community.

KCPD has yet to release any suspect information surrounding the incident.