SALINAS, Calif. – Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old woman in connection with the slaying of a California doctor whose body was found in the trunk of a car near Las Vegas earlier this month.
Kelsey Turner faces charges in the killing of Dr. Thomas Burchard, a 71-year-old psychiatrist from Salinas, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
On March 7, officers found Burchard’s body in an abandoned vehicle near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas.
A man driving through the remote area with his kids noticed a parked vehicle that had a rock thrown through one of its windows, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Officers responded, and when they opened the trunk to conduct a search, they found Burchard’s body inside.
He had been bludgeoned to death. His death was ruled a homicide.
Las Vegas homicide detectives determined Turner was involved with the incident and coordinated with the FBI Stockton Safe Street Task Force to apprehend Turner in Stockton, California, on March 21.
It’s not immediately clear where Turner is from. Police declined to provide further details.
Police said she is currently awaiting extradition to Clark County.
Burchard worked with the Montage Health behavioral health program at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. He had a small number of adolescent patients and a larger number of adult patients.
“He’s a long-standing physician in the community who was very helpful to many of his patients,” hospital spokeswoman Mary Barker has said. “It was a sad situation and our hearts go out to his family.”
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