WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita woman whose body was found inside a home in the northwest part of the city has been identified by a family member.
Alexscia Rodriguez says her mother, 42-year-old Perla Rodriguez, is the victim of what Wichita police say is a homicide. The incident occurred inside a residence in the 2200 block of N. Parkridge Street. The victim died as a result of blunt force trauma.
The investigation began around 10:30 p.m. Monday when officers were called to the home about a case of found property in Andover.
“Some of the victim’s property was located in Andover by the Andover Police Department. They called us,” said Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita Police Department.
Police were unable to make contact with the victim inside. Several hours later, police received a call from Olathe police in regards to suspicious character call.
“Property along with a vehicle was located in Olathe, belonging to the same individual which property belonged to in Andover,” added Ojile.
Again, police went to the home on Parkridge, and they were unable to make contact with the victim. Police forced their way into the home.
“A 42-year-old woman was found in the home. The woman was pronounced at 3:57 a.m.,” said Lt. Ojile.
A 37-year-old man was taken into custody by Olathe police. Police transported the man back to Wichita to be questioned in regards to the homicide.
“It will be a long process at the home. We should be there most of the day,” said Lt. Ojile. “We’re only a few hours into it, we have a lot of answers we haven’t got. A lot of questions, we don’t have answers to.”
Police on Monday didn’t identify the woman who was killed or the suspect. However, they did tell KSN the woman and man had a relationship, and the man had lived at the home on Parkridge off and on.
The homicide is the 27th of the year in Wichita. KSN will continue to follow this story online with the latest developments.