Home U.S. NEWS A Kansas woman charged with murder and abandoning a man’s body in Clay Co. is on the run

A Kansas woman charged with murder and abandoning a man’s body in Clay Co. is on the run

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A Kansas woman charged with murder and abandoning a man’s body in Clay Co. is on the run

Court documents show that a woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found Dec. 22 at Rocky Hollow Park in Clay County allegedly planned to cover up the man’s death, and possibly the country has left.

According to a probable cause statement, Elena Delcarmen Flores, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.

The document states that at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 22, a Clay County Parks and Recreation employee found the body of a man near a road in Rocky Hollow Park at 14812 Old Quarry Road in the Excelsior Springs area have.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified victim was found partially submerged in the water with black plastic bags covering the man’s head and lower body. While officers were at the scene, a red substance “consistent with blood” was seen on the plastic bag covering the victim’s head.

When the victim was removed from the scene for examination, severe blunt force injuries were found on the man’s head and face, the deputy said in the statement.

The medical examiner conducted a preliminary autopsy and identified multiple blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Based on the evidence reported in the statement, Flores allegedly assaulted the victim with a blunt instrument and attempted to cover up the crime scene by disposing and removing evidence.

During attempts to contact the victim’s family, a woman who was not named in the statement told authorities that her mother was the victim’s friend. The woman reportedly told officers that Flores was traveling to Mexico for a family emergency. Court documents said Flores reportedly advised the woman to tell anyone who called from her job that she had resigned. The unidentified woman later told investigators she was upset because Flores allegedly used her car, a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta with Kansas plates, all day on Dec. 21.

The woman told authorities that on Dec. 20, “on Dec. 21,” she entered a room after hearing a scream and found Flores holding a bat. Flores reportedly had the woman help carry a mattress that had a piece cut out, court documents show. Flores and the woman allegedly placed the mattress on a silver Honda CRV. The location of the mattress is reportedly unknown, according to court documents.

Court documents also include testimony from a teenage witness who told deputies that Flores was supposed to “stay in the living room and not move while she and the woman “acid-cleaned” the bedroom and “removed furniture and rugs.” According to the child, Flores advised her to lie about what she saw or she might go to prison. The statement further alleged that Flores repeatedly contacted the teen via text message to delete all phone calls and recordings.

Based on the evidence, authorities believe Flores fled to Mexico.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call investigators at 816-407-3723 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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