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Man arrested in Iowa after wife's body found in liquor store dumpster, police say

Police arrest man whose wife's body was found in dumpster behind liquor store

Police arrest a man in Davenport, Iowa after his wife's body was found in a dumpster behind a Wichita liquor store. The woman was identified as 37-year-old Leuh Moore.
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Police arrest a man in Davenport, Iowa after his wife's body was found in a dumpster behind a Wichita liquor store. The woman was identified as 37-year-old Leuh Moore.

State troopers in Iowa have arrested a man after his wife's body was found in a Wichita liquor store dumpster, Wichita police said.

Iowa state troopers arrested a 30-year-old man in Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday, Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said. He said the man was the husband of a woman found dead in a dumpster behind The Cave in the 1700 block of South Seneca on Sunday night.

A homeless man had found the body and told another person, who then told a store employee. The employee called police at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, Ojile said.

The woman did not have any identification when she was found, but investigators used fingerprints to identify her as Leuh Moore, 37, during a Monday morning autopsy, Ojile said. Police previously said she had blunt force trauma injuries.

Police then went to her home in the 1100 block of West Dayton, near Kellogg and Seneca, where she lived with her husband and child, Ojile said. Moore and her husband had a history of domestic violence, Ojile said, but it is not known what led to her death.

The woman was killed and her body left in the dumpster early Sunday morning, Ojile said. The liquor store is about a mile from the house.

Police found two pit bulls with stab wounds at the home; they were taken to an emergency veterinarian, Ojile said. There was no update on their conditions.

A 7-year-old boy was found at a relative's house; the husband had dropped him off before leaving Wichita, Ojile said. The boy was at the house when Moore was killed, he said.

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Donnell Stafford Scott County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Photo

Lab investigators worked until about 5 a.m. on Tuesday processing the scene on Dayton, Ojile said. A felony warrant was issued for Moore's 30-year-old husband; her vehicle was also missing.

A trooper in Iowa found the vehicle in a hotel parking lot, where the man was arrested at around 9:20 a.m., Ojile said.

Donnell Stafford, 30, was booked into the Scott County jail on Tuesday, jail records show. Iowa officials said he's being held pending extradition to Kansas on a first-degree murder charge, the Associated Press reported.

The case is the 12th homicide of 2018 in Wichita.

Wichita Police are looking for suspects in the 12th homicide of 2018. On April 8, officers responded to the body of a woman found in the dumpster behind a liquor store in Wichita.

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