KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A suburban Kansas City teenager whose body was found earlier this week regained consciousness after she was first assaulted but then was attacked again until she died, her uncle said Wednesday.
Keighley Alyea, 18, of Overland Park was found dead in a farm field in western Missouri on Monday, nearly a week after she had been reported missing. Three men, including a former boyfriend, have been arrested and charged with her murder.
Alyea's uncle, Eddie Frentrop, 42, of Independence, Mo., said authorities told the family his niece's attacker thought she was dead at one point, but that she came to and was attacked again until she died. He did not know how Alyea was attacked.
Police have not released the cause of death or the manner in which she was assaulted.
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Three Johnson County men have been arrested and charged in Alyea's death. Dustin Hilt, 18, Joseph Mattox, 21, and Gerald Calbeck, 18, each face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. They have not entered pleas, and are being held on $2 million bond.
Frentrop said Alyea, who lived on her own and worked two jobs, had been dating Hilt "off-and-on" for about two years.
Zane Todd, lawyer for Hilt, said Wednesday the suspects would likely not enter pleas until November. He said he could not comment on the case because he had only received it Tuesday, when the three made their first appearances.
Mattox and Calbeck were appointed public defenders, who did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Frentrop said Alyea's family has received support from across the country, and from the Kansas City area, including from the family of Kelsey Smith, an 18-year-old Johnson County resident who was raped and killed in 2007 after being kidnapped outside a Target store in Overland Park.
The family is planning a funeral service for this weekend.