GREAT BEND — The girlfriend of the man arrested as a person of interest in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt is "heartbroken," a family member said today.
Jeff Brown said his sister has lived with Adam Longoria for six or seventh months. Longoria, 36, was taken into custody earlier today. Attorney General Steve Six has described him as a person of interest in the death of Alicia. Longoria later was charged with two crimes not related to Alicia's death.
"She's heartbroken," Brown said of his sister.
"She's torn between both ways — the loss of the DeBolt family and the thought that she was with this man.
"My heart goes out to the DeBolt family,'' Brown continued. "I can't imagine what they're going through, but my thoughts and prayers are with them."
Brown said Longoria told him Wednesday that he had met Alicia once — at a July birthday party for Longoria's girlfriend.
Alicia was last seen Saturday night leaving her house to attend a party. Her body was found Tuesday at an asphalt plant outside Great Bend.
Brown said his sister's black Ford Escape, which Longoria sometimes drove, has been impounded as part of the investigation. He said the Great Bend house where the couple lived for the past three to four weeks had been searched by authorities Thursday night.
Longoria lived with his girlfriend and her children, ages 10 and 12, Brown said.
He said Longoria told him he worked at Venture Corp. —the company that operates the asphalt plant west of Great Bend where an employee found Alicia's burned body Tuesday afternoon.
Longoria was arrested shortly before noon on I-70 west of Salina while driving a 2002 white Ford Explorer, which authorities said was stolen early this morning from Venture Corp.
Six's office said late this afternoon that Longoria had been charged with one count of vehicle burglary and one count of theft of property worth at least $1,000 but less than $25,000. The charges were filed in Barton County District Court.
Longoria will make his first court appearance Monday at 10 a.m.
"As the investigation into the murder of Alicia DeBolt continues, we continue to urge individuals with any information on this case to come forward to law enforcement," Six said in a statement. " Law enforcement continues to use all tools at their disposal to provide justice for Alicia and her friends and family."
A former neighbor of Longoria said he used to live in a house across from Heizer Park. She said he often hung out at the park with young teens, mostly boys. She said the park is a late evening gathering spot for young teens of both sexes.
The former neighbor, who asked not to be identified because of security concerns, said Longoria had some parties at his house where young people attended.
Trent Mermis, owner of Willy J's nightclub on the north side of Great Bend, said investigators earlier this week showed him pictures of Longoria and about three other men and asked whether they had been at his bar the night Alicia disappeared. Mermis said he didn't recall seeing Longoria that night but saw the other men at the club.
Investigators also asked to look through the nightclub's trash, Mermis said.