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Woman found dead Thursday morning inside tent at unsanctioned camp in North Lawrence

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 22, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lawrence, Kansas, Police Department is investigating the homicide of a woman at an unsanctioned camp in North Lawrence early Thursday morning.

Police say around 4:30 a.m. a woman was found deceased inside her tent at a camp near 100 Maple Street.

The death is being investigated as a homicide.

Police later identified the victim as 51-year-old Lawrence resident Crystal White.

A person of interest was taken into custody around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Monday, police revealed the person of interest was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony interference.

Police suspect Julius Robert Beasley, 40, of Lawrence, killed White.

After he was taken in for questioning Thursday, he was held in the Douglas County Correctional Facility on unrelated warrants.

"... With Beasley already being held in jail, investigators were able to more thoroughly investigate the incident prior to making an arrest," per police.

The case has now been turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

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Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.