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Police: Arrest Made In Kelsey Smith Homicide
Kansas City Channel ^ | 6/6/07

Posted on 06/06/2007 9:53:32 PM PDT by peggybac

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- An arrest has been made in the homicide investigation of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith.

Late Wednesday night, police said Edwin R. Hall, 26, of Olathe, was being held in the Johnson County Jail in connection with the slaying of Smith.

Law enforcement crews combing a large wooded area near Longview Lake Wednesday found a body believed to be missing teenager Kelsey Smith, who was abducted from an Overland Park Target store parking lot Saturday night.

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said Smith's body was found about 1:30 p.m. across the state line near Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of the abduction site.

Positive identification was pending, but Douglass said volunteer searchers could stop their work. He did not say how the woman was slain, but KMBC reported that there were signs of trauma to the body.

"As I understand she was found at a wooded area, but I can't say whether she was directly concealed by bushes," Douglass told reporters during an afternoon news conference.

(Excerpt) Read more at thekansascitychannel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Kansas; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: edwinhall; kansas; kelseysmith
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1 posted on 06/06/2007 9:53:33 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: peggybac

Good.

I hope this guy gets the death penalty.


2 posted on 06/06/2007 9:56:49 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: peggybac

Why, did he have to kill her? He wasn’t even close to getting away. I hope they hang this scumbag!


3 posted on 06/06/2007 9:57:30 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: peggybac

I was just telling my wife an hour ago they would have this scumbag very, very soon.


4 posted on 06/06/2007 9:58:41 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: NRA2BFree
can anyone come up with a photo?......I'll bet this guy has "history"......

just think....he'll be spending years and years and years in a cold damp prison cell....IF he is the one who did it...

5 posted on 06/06/2007 9:59:25 PM PDT by cherry
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To: peggybac

The Dad, if he is the type of man I believe, should get 5 monutes alone with the creep in a lcoked windowless room.

Then, put whatever is left of him on trial.


6 posted on 06/06/2007 10:00:51 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: peggybac

No doubt he is someone who has been in prison for sex crimes and should have been kept there. Good thing we register sex offenders, otherwise they might hurt somebody. Oh wait....

Keep them in jail for life or execute them!


7 posted on 06/06/2007 10:02:05 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: cherry

Supposedly a long history. Nothing I saw obvious on the web.


8 posted on 06/06/2007 10:02:48 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: peggybac

May she Rest in Peace and God Bless her family.How very sad.How could anyone do this


9 posted on 06/06/2007 10:04:17 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: NRA2BFree

“Get all the rope in KANSAS, find a tall oak tree....”

May God bless her family and help them through this heart breaking ordeal


10 posted on 06/06/2007 10:05:02 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

Fox:

“Police believe 26-year-old Edwin Hall was the man who appeared on a security camera video following Smith out of the store and forced her into her car...

The district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping charges against Hall. The state plans to ask Hall to be held on $5 million bond.”

I told my wife a bit earlier, “there are going to be a LOT of people who know exactly who that is on the camera. The police already have his name.”


11 posted on 06/06/2007 10:05:22 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Pining_4_TX

Same should go for the judge or parole board that I GUARANTEE let this schmuck out of jail early.


12 posted on 06/06/2007 10:06:39 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: REDWOOD99

Hopefully her father will avenge her murder.


13 posted on 06/06/2007 10:10:43 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: DakotaRed

I believe the dad should be able to have a few hours alone with a blow torch and the POS tied to a tree.


14 posted on 06/06/2007 10:10:54 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Dumpster Baby

Wow - that is close. I heard Greta’s Fox producer say they thought the kidnapper lived right by there too and had a long record. Also interesting was that the first ping was from Mission Hills.


16 posted on 06/06/2007 10:14:23 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Wow,How sad.


17 posted on 06/06/2007 10:14:42 PM PDT by fatima (My keyboard is messing up:))
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To: peggybac

I pray Kelsey Smith is in the company of heavenly angels right now


18 posted on 06/06/2007 10:14:57 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: cherry

Check the registry in KS


20 posted on 06/06/2007 10:17:03 PM PDT by eyedigress (Fredheads UNITE!)
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To: REDWOOD99

D.A. Phill Kline who is hated by all Dems and RINOs in Kansas will work his ass off to make sure this piece of s**t goes nowhere. With kidnap, murder, 2 states involved, I have a feeling he’ll get the death penalty, if he’s convicted in Kansas. I wish Kelsey’s cop father could get to him first.


21 posted on 06/06/2007 10:17:04 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac
http://blogs.kansascity.com/crime_scene/2007/06/update_on_kelse_1.html

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 Update on Kelsey Smith: An arrest is made

UPDATED, from the 11:30 p.m. news conference: Chief John Douglass, again, is the first speaker. Introduces representatives from several agencies.

Edwin R. Hall, 26, of Olathe has been arrested in the case. Charges will be filed early Thursday morning. In custody at the JoCo jail. Douglass won't talk about the evidence. Arrest made middle of the afternoon. He's the guy from the video, shown leaving the store, Douglass says. Can't say what led them to him. Won't say where they found him.

Say they believe they've located the truck. Hall has a lawyer, though we don't have a name.

Still unclear whether this involves the Belton case.

Condolences to the family: "While we cannot give their daughter back, we can give them justice."

JoCo DA Kline says they'll file premeditated murder and aggravated kidnapping charges Thursday morning. "This community has lost a vibrant and promising life."

Kline notes: Hall is still presumed innocent under law. "We must respect that constitutional presumption." Hall's first appearance will be probably be on Friday. Information will be less forthcoming because they're trying to ensure a fair trial.

Kelsey's dad speaks: Thanks law enforcement, the community, folks who got the information out. They ask not to be asked questions.

The conference ends about 11:44 p.m.

22 posted on 06/06/2007 10:17:21 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: eyedigress

I checked and didn’t find anything.


23 posted on 06/06/2007 10:17:49 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Dumpster Baby
The story didn't seem clear. The image of the young man exiting the store is not the suspect in custody, right?

Am I correct to assume he is still being sought as a person of interest?

24 posted on 06/06/2007 10:18:33 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: peggybac; Squantos; Travis McGee

I just lectured my wife and daughters about never ever get in the car...my young boys too.

risk getting shot or stabbed but do not ever go peacably to the car

never

it is a one way ticket

better to go out trying than on your knees brutalized in terror

i’d like some hole time with this boy....him and those Knoxville feral beasts too

it’s be a pleasure

makes one understand why back on frontier days folks got strung up by angry decent folk....like the man burners on Lonesome Dove


25 posted on 06/06/2007 10:19:03 PM PDT by wardaddy (on parole)
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To: peggybac

My heart aches for this family, losing their loved one at such a young age.

Prayers for comfort and strength for the Smith family and Kelsey’s friends.


26 posted on 06/06/2007 10:19:33 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (You are my tagline, my only tagline, you make me happy when skies are gray...)
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To: dragnet2

Yes, the guy leaving Target with the white T-shirt is the same guy they arrested.


27 posted on 06/06/2007 10:20:31 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: dragnet2
He's the guy from the video, shown leaving the store, Douglass says.

It looks like they ID'd the guy in the video and got him.

28 posted on 06/06/2007 10:20:35 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: peggybac

Me neither, just a thought. Missouri maybe


29 posted on 06/06/2007 10:20:38 PM PDT by eyedigress (Fredheads UNITE!)
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To: Dumpster Baby

she was somebody’s baby....damn...just awful


30 posted on 06/06/2007 10:20:59 PM PDT by wardaddy (on parole)
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To: Dumpster Baby

“He’s the guy from the video, shown leaving the store, Douglass says. Can’t say what led them to him. Won’t say where they found him.”

Got it.


31 posted on 06/06/2007 10:21:19 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Dumpster Baby

I just read another link to a story where they said another person of interest is possibly being sought. Do you know if that is correct?


32 posted on 06/06/2007 10:22:37 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: peggybac

I tried: http://www.familywatchdog.us/Search.asp and put in all the states. Only one Edwin Hall in another state with another middle name was found.


33 posted on 06/06/2007 10:25:23 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: IggyPopAmen

I have taught my children it is better to get shot or stabbed where you stand than to get in a car with someone.

It’s hard having to teach a five year old something like that.


34 posted on 06/06/2007 10:26:29 PM PDT by Politicalmom (No self-respecting group bent on world domination would invite Angelina Jolie to be a member.)
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To: wardaddy

Wow, you have a BEAUTIFUL family, wardaddy!


35 posted on 06/06/2007 10:26:45 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: dragnet2

I haven’t seen that yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Punks usually run in packs for mutual support and sharing the fun and games. The true serial killers are the hardest ones to catch, and this guy seems to leave a clear trail everywhere he goes (arrest record).


36 posted on 06/06/2007 10:27:28 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: peggybac
Great! One less murdering pig on our streets. Question is, will they keep him or let him out after a slap on the wrist to kill another child??????
37 posted on 06/06/2007 10:29:37 PM PDT by WasDougsLamb (What part of "ILLEGAL" don't you comprehend?!)
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To: wardaddy
> she was somebody’s baby....damn...just awful

My daughter is going to turn 14 this summer, and I can only imagine the awful horror and grief that poor family is going through, losing their daughter especially like this to some evil animal.

A good night to hug all our kids, and tell them we love them. And like you said in #25, teach 'em to never, ever, let somebody get them into the car.

My heart goes out to Kelsey's family; may their grief be eased in time. And may the evil scumbag find nothing but pain and suffering for the rest of his days; and may they be few, so that he can reap his reward in Hell all the sooner.

38 posted on 06/06/2007 10:30:28 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: IggyPopAmen

One strategy would be to throw the keys to your car as far away as possible or kick them under a car. Anything to keep from being dragged into the car.


39 posted on 06/06/2007 10:31:31 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: WasDougsLamb

D.A. Phill Kline would hang the guy himself if he could. He’s not a liberal wussy - the Dems and RINOs in Kansas hate him. He’ll spare nothing. If a Johnson County, KS jury convicts him, he’s toast. A trial in KCMO would probably be nothing. Too many libs in the city.


40 posted on 06/06/2007 10:31:48 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

I’m not sure about Grandview, MO. They’d probably hang him too, and quick.


41 posted on 06/06/2007 10:32:36 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Dumpster Baby

I was watching this on Greta earlier. He was picked out as a very strong suspect then. I guess they may have uncovered some evidence against him.

This is such a sad case, I almost cried watching her dad read a prepared statement.


42 posted on 06/06/2007 10:32:51 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: peggybac

thank you Peggy!


43 posted on 06/06/2007 10:33:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (on parole)
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To: TheLion

With his picture plastered all over the KC and national news, I’m sure they were getting evidence against him Saturday night. I can’t wait to see how this all unfolds.


44 posted on 06/06/2007 10:34:18 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: IggyPopAmen

My sister and her family live about 5-10 minutes from that Target and when my niece visits from NY, she always hits the store because it is so close to her home. Yikes.


46 posted on 06/06/2007 10:35:39 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: dayglored

“may they be few, so that he can reap his reward in Hell all the sooner.

amen


47 posted on 06/06/2007 10:35:52 PM PDT by wardaddy (on parole)
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To: TruthConquers

It’s Kansas, he might get the death sentence, but he’ll never be executed. Thanks for encouraging murderers, RATS and RINOS.


48 posted on 06/06/2007 10:37:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Dumpster Baby
I went back and looked at the link. I don't think it was the latest on the story.

The guy in the video exiting the store did not appear to be 26. He appeared slightly younger. Hard to tell though.

It was good family and friends kept calling her cell. It apparently helped track the movements.

Seems this was a premeditated stakeout for a victim. However, I have reservations about this being a totally random as far as the suspects choice of victim.

Seems a little odd he would enter the store right after her, then exit the store just before her, wait for the victim, force her into her vehicle and leave.

The randomness of the way he picked this victim seems a little odd.

He just walks into a store, picks his victim, waits till she is cashing out, he exits the store and waits for her to exit. Could have happened this way, but sure seems a little too quick, and too random.

I would have bet there was some kind of connection between the suspect and the victim. Looks like my hunch was incorrect.

49 posted on 06/06/2007 10:45:05 PM PDT by dragnet2
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