CANTON, Kan. (KAKE) - "This is pretty heartbreaking for this whole town, because she was just a really sweet person," said Rachel Weyand.

Weyand has lived in Canton, KS since she was a child. She says her neighbor, Briana Lance, helped her through countless hard times.

"She was just that type of person. She would always be there for anybody," said Weyand.

When Weyand recently saw Briana, she had no idea it would be the last time. The KBI says Monday afternoon, Briana was found dead in her backyard.

Weyand says where the story gets even more heartbreaking is learning that the suspected murderer is Briana's own son, 18-year-old Hayden Lance.

"Very shocked. Very shocked, very surprised. Couldn't really wrap it around my head. And I still can't wrap it around my head," said Weyand.

Weyand's kind words about Briana echo through the whole town with neighbors Gerald Unruh who say they're still in disbelief.

"It's quiet. Nothing like that ever happens here," said Unruh. "She was very friendly and always told me hi when she'd see me."

Weyand says more than anything, she wants the community to rally around Briana's husband and younger daughter, who are going through one of the worst tragedies imaginable.

"Just be thinking of the Lance family at this difficult time. "They really need it," said Weyand.

The KBI says police found Briana with "injury and trauma," but have not yet released the specifics of her death.

Formal charges for Hayden are pending, and are expected to come from the McPherson County Attorney's Office.


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CANTON, Kan. (KAKE) - The KBI was asked to assist local police in a homicide investigation after a McPherson County woman was found dead outside of her house.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says that around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Canton police were made aware of of an unresponsive woman at 110 W. Allen St. Officers found 52-year-old Briana Lance in the back yard with signs of injury and trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The McPherson County Sheriff's Office and McPherson police joined the investigation identified Hayden Lance, the son of Briana, as the suspected killer. Officers booked 18-year-old Hayden into the McPherson County Jail on charges of second-degree murder.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.