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Monday, 27 January 2014 13:26

Police: Sarah Gonzales McLinn lone suspect in Harold Sasko’s death

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A press conference held by Lawrence police officials on Monday afternoon revealed significant new information in the homicide investigation of Harold Sasko.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib and District Attorney Charles Branson addressed members of the media and announced that Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn is a suspect in the homicide.

During the late evening hours on Friday, Jan. 17, police officers searched a home at 2905 West 26th Street and found the body of 52-year-old Harold Sasko. Following finding the body, police were looking for 19-year-old McLinn who was also a resident of the home. Police were also looking for Sasko's 2008 Nissan Altima.

Police announced Sunday that McLinn and the vehicle were located in the Florida Everglades.

At the press conference, Khatib said after examining evidence at the scene, police believe there are no other suspects.

"We believe she is the only one responsible," Khatib said.

He said they are still investigating a motive and the details will likely come out during the court process.

Khatib said McLinn has been charged with first-degree murder because evidence indicates that the crime was premeditated. He said they believe the weapon used to kill Sasko was an edged instrument and he said police believe he was unconscious at the time of the incident. Police also said they believe they have the murder weapon.

Khatib said McLinn is being held at a federal detention center in Florida and they will need to go through the extradition process to bring her to Kansas. Officials said McLinn will have to choose to waive extradition or have an extradition hearing in Florida. If she waives extradition, police said she could be back in Kansas as early as this week. They said if she does not, the process could take several months.

When she returns to Kansas, police said she will have a first appearance in court.

To view the full press conference, click here.