Man arrested after woman found dead in her Wichita apartment

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have arrested a suspect in connection to the death of a 55-year woman whose body was found in her apartment.

Sedgwick County Jail records show 59-year-old Calvin Thornton was booked for second-degree murder in the death of Eula Duncan. He was held on $750,000 bond Tuesday morning.

Officers found Duncan's body in her apartment near Harry and Rock Road after they responded to a welfare check on Saturday, June 30. Police believe she was killed two or three days prior. 

Officer Charley Davidson said the suspect was arrested Monday evening in the 2000 block of South Broadway.

Department of Corrections records show Thornton was convicted of criminal threat in 2013.


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Police are searching for a suspect after a woman's body was found in her apartment in southeast Wichita.

Officers and fire personnel were called just  after 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, to check the welfare of a 55-year-old woman at Towers Apartments near Harry and Rock Road. They forced entry into the apartment and found the body of Eula Duncan inside.

"Several of the individuals in the apartment complex had known that she had been injured and probably inside there," Lt. Todd Ojile said.  

Lt. Ojile said detectives learned Duncan had gotten into an argument with a male suspect last Wednesday or Thursday. He said the suspect obtained an object and struck Duncan, killing her.

Number of violent crimes increasing in Wichita

Authorities have not located the suspect, who is believed to have fled the city. Police have not released additional details on the suspect or what led to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the WPD homicide section at (316) 268-4182 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

Duncan's death was Wichita's 29th homicide of the year.

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