Crime & Courts

Man who triggered Amber Alert charged with murder

Dane Wright has been arrested on suspicion of murder and other charges in the death of Reyona Caldwell.
Dane Wright has been arrested on suspicion of murder and other charges in the death of Reyona Caldwell. Courtesy photo

The man suspected of killing a Wichita woman earlier this month was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, arson and three counts of child endangerment.

Dane A. Wright, 29, had his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Wright was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail last week on suspicion of first-degree murder, arson and endangering a child after the body of Reyona Caldwell was found in the basement of a burning house in the 300 block of North Ash on Friday.

A search for Caldwell’s three children – ages 2, 5 and 12 – let to the issuance of an Amber Alert on Friday. The children were found safe in a Wichita motel room.

Wright was located by law enforcement officers Friday night outside a grocery store near the motel and was taken into custody. Wichita police said Monday that the house had been intentionally set on fire after the victim found inside had been bludgeoned.

Police said Wright lived at the house and is said to be the father of one of Caldwell’s children. He is in jail on a $500,000 bond.

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