WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff is investigating a homicide after a woman’s body was found Monday in southern Sedgwick County near the town of Peck.
Shortly before 8 a.m., a passerby found a woman lying next to the road near the train tracks in the 10800 block of South Meridian. Responding deputies noticed trauma to the woman’s body, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The woman has been identified as 40-year-old Tamsen R. Kayzer of Wichita.
The sheriff’s department said they are looking for a suspect, 40-year-old Darnell D. Coleman from Wichita. Coleman weighs 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
The sheriff would like to talk to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of the railroad crossing in the 10800 block of South Meridian between 11 p.m. Sunday, October 29th, and 8 a.m. on Monday.
Anyone with information about Coleman’s whereabouts or information about suspicious activity in the 10800 block of South Meridian can call 911, or Sheriff’s Investigations at 316-660-5300, or they can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 316-267-2111.
Shortly before investigators named Coleman as a suspect, residents in the small town of Peck were left with a lot of questions.
“I was shocked because it was two blocks from the house so it kind of struck home,” said Jack Hornecker, who lives a few blocks from where Kayzer’s body was found Monday morning. “I make sure my family secures the house because you’re not safe out here.”
Hornecker said he knows violent crime can happen anywhere, even though he moved to a rural area for peace and quiet and peace of mind.
The same goes for Phillip White, a resident of Peck.
“Well, we don’t really have any crime or anything to speak of you know, so it’s just been a quiet little town,” said White. “We just typically do the safety things and always lock the doors, and we always try to keep vehicles blocked-in in case trailers come up missing or anything like that. So, we are always paying attention to that kind of stuff cause we are kind of vulnerable living in a small little town.”