Police swift actions led to arrest, recovery of victim’s body

WICHITA, Kansas – – We’re learning more about the investigation of the city’s latest murder.

Yesterday police put a call out for help in what turned out to be a tragic missing person case ending with a young woman’s death.

It was about 8 a.m. Friday morning, when a witness called 911 after seeing 23-year-old murder victim Sabryna Guerrero Newman for what would be the last time.

Two hours later police reached out to local media, asking for help.

“We need to check her welfare and we believe there’s some foul play involved,” said WPD Lt. James Espinoza Friday morning.

At that briefing, Espinoza released photos of both Guerrero Newman and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Darnell Hall.

“We’re needing the community to help us find the vehicle and these two people,” said Lt. Espinoza.

By 11 a.m. police had already taken Hall in for questioning.

Around 2:45 Friday afternoon, police made the tragic discovery of  Guerrero Newman’s body.

“A lot of times when these extend out over a few more hours they’ll bring in the specialty units to go do neighborhood searches and knock on doors and make contacts,” said WPD Sgt. Roger Runft.

In this case, Runft says Friday officers went door to door, but that everything happened and was resolved so quickly that additional units didn’t have to be called in.

“It all just got dealt with very quickly so any information they have about it they’ll probably have by Monday,” said Sgt. Runft.

Hall remains behind bars, arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.

Formal charges are expected next week.

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