Woman arrested in deadly hit-and-run in Butler County

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ANDOVER, Kan. (KAKE) -

A woman has been arrested in connection to a deadly hit-and-run in Butler County last weekend. 

Sheriff Kelly Herzet said 33-year-old Virginia Moore was booked into jail for second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to make a report. A tip led authorities to Moore. 

"He just started thinking and putting two and two together and decided to call," Herzet said of the tipster. He says that the anonymous man said noticed the suspects truck was parked in a garage when it would usually be out and in use. He called investigators when he noticed front-end work being done on the truck. 

The body of 38-year-old Jared Wright, of Augusta, was found near U.S. 54 and Yorktown Saturday morning. Sheriff Herzet says Moore admitted to hitting Wright, his body flipping up during the impact and landing in the bed of the truck.Wright's body was found several miles away from the initial impact along a dirt road. 

Wright did die from blunt force trauma according to the sheriff, but it is not known that with medical treatment prior to be left in the road if he could have survived. 


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A fatal hit-and-run crash in Andover is still being investigated.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says that a man was hit by a vehicle near U.S. 54 and Yorktown Street early Saturday morning. The sheriff believes that the driver and possibly other occupants of the vehicle picked up the body and then dumped it several miles away near Tawakoni Road and SW 140th Street.

"Hitting someone and then having the nerve to load them up and to dispose of their body, six miles from where they were hit,” Herzet proclaimed.

Sheriff: Augusta man's body found along roadside, possibly moved from hit & run crash

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Jared Wright of Augusta.

The sheriff knows that Wright was in Andover at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday because police were called to Wright's location near the Arby’s at U.S. 54 and Andover Road. Herzet believes that Wright was hitchhiking to his home in Augusta and stopped at the Arby's to take a break. Wright's body was found after 4 a.m. by workers on a newspaper delivery route several miles from Andover.

“It’s like they wanted someone to find him,” Herzet said about Wright's body being left in the middle of the road.

Evidence collected at the crash seen at U.S. 54 and Yorktown is enough for the sheriff to believe that Wright was struck at the intersection by a vehicle, while an autopsy shows injuries concurrent with being hit by a car.

Herzet and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office have been working a few leads, but nothing solid. The department has been going to carwashes, looking for debris from a vehicle that could be involved, as well as going to automotive body shops and car repair stores, looking to see if anyone has been purchasing car parts for the front of the vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Butler County Sheriff. Investigations: (316) 322-4257 -- or -- CrimeTips: 1 (866) 484-5924.

Family of victim have yet to give comment, but over the phone, they expressed how upset they are about the situation.

Herzet says that he is still hoping for more tips to come in, to bring closure for the family. The location where Wrights body was dumped is in a rural area just southeast of Andover; Herzet is hoping hunters might have hidden cameras meant for tracking deer that might have captured some of the incident and that said hunters will share the video or homeowners will check their surveillance cameras for possible video evidence. 

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