2 arrested in death of missing Wichita woman

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Ahmad Bey (left) and Vanessa Waner Ahmad Bey (left) and Vanessa Waner
Melinda Sprague Melinda Sprague
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say they've arrested two people in the death of a 41-year-old woman who was reported missing earlier this week. 

Jail records show 39-year-old Ahmad Bey and 34-year-old Vanessa Waner were each booked early Friday morning for first-degree murder. Bey was also jailed on a state warrant. 

Capt. Brent Allred said a coworker reported Melinda Sprague missing when she didn't show up for work on Tuesday. Her vehicle was found Thursday in the 1500 block of East Harry. Her body was in her car. 

According to Capt. Allred, Bey and Sprague had been in a relationship and that Bey and Waner had lived together on South Mosley. Bey was arrested in Neodesha.

Sprague's death was Wichita's 35th criminal homicide of 2019.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Bey is on parole for a second-degree murder conviction out of Crawford County in 1999. He was paroled in July. 

"The WPD sends its thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this tragic incident," the department said in a news release. 

If you know of someone in a dangerous domestic relationship, Wichita police say please reach out to one of the following resources:

  • Sedgwick County, 911;
  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter, (316) 263-6000;
  • YWCA Women’s Crisis Center, (316) 263-2313;
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, (316) 263-0185;
  • StepStone, (316)265-1611;
  • Women’s Initiative Network, (316) 262-3960; or
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

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