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Police Find Missing Kansas Teen's Body, Suspect ArrestedSalem-News.com
Police found Smith's body in a wooded area near Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of the Target store.
(OVERLAND PARK, KS) - A suspect was arrested Wednesday evening in the slaying of a teenage Kansas girl believed abducted from the parking lot of an Overland Park Target store.
Edwin R. Hall, 26, is expected to be charged this morning with premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said.
Kelsey Smith, 18, had been missing since Saturday night, when she went to a Target store to buy a gift for her boyfriend.
Surveillance video showed her being forced into her car, and the car drove off. It was found in a nearby mall parking lot about two hours later.
Douglass said Hall was picked up and questioned after police received a tip. He said he had no information why Smith was targeted, or if Hall was believed to have acted alone.
Police said Hall's vehicle matched the description of a dark mid-1970s Chevrolet pickup that was seen entering the Target parking lot shortly after Smith's car.
Police found Smith's body in a wooded area near Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of the Target store. Authorities did not say how she died.
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