Crime & Courts

Authorities identify homicide victim found along S. Oliver

File photo
File photo The Wichita Eagle

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 32-year-old woman found dead in the 4500 block of South Oliver on Friday as Amber L. Lehman of Wichita.

Lehman was pronounced dead after deputies responding to a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian shortly before 6:30 p.m. found her unresponsive near 47th Street South.

Randal L. Keesling, 61, of Derby was jailed on suspicion of first-degree intentional murder in her death. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond, according to an online roster of inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail.

Lt. Lin Dehning has said Lehman knew Keesling, but Dehning didn’t know the nature of their relationship.

He said Monday evening that the preliminary cause of death is “multiple blunt force trauma.”

Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive for the killing.

The sheriff’s office is scheduled to present its case against Keesling to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday afternoon, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. Whether Keesling will be criminally charged in connection with Lehman’s death will be determined then.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker