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Kentucky State Police identify body found in Calloway County; suspect arrested

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (WSIL) -- Kentucky State Police have identified a woman's body discovered early Friday morning in southern Calloway County. Investigators have also made an arrest in the woman's death.

The body was identified as 21-year old Sarah Townsend of Farmville, Va. Townsend was a student at Murray State University. Preliminary autopsy reports determined Townsend died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The investigation led police to the home of 22-year old Julius Sotomayor. Police arrested Sotomayor on multiple charges, including murder.

The Western Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville, Ky. performed an autopsy Friday afternoon on a body found on Fox Road near McCuiston Drive.

On Friday night, KSP learned MSU Campus Police were asked to conduct a welfare check on a student after she failed to report to work Friday afternoon.

After comparing the student profile with the description of the unidentified body, investigators identified the deceased female as Townsend.

After identifying Townsend's body, investigators began interviewing friends and relatives in order to determine her last known whereabouts.

KSP later discovered Townsend's Toyota Camry was seen by traffic cameras in central Georgia. Further investigation led KSP to a suspect with ties to the same area in Georgia.

KSP detectives determined that the Toyota Camry made its way back to Kentucky in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 27.

At around 4 a.m., investigators located 22-year old Julius Sotomayor near his home in Dexter, Ky. Police also located Townsend's stolen Toyota Camry nearby.

Sotomayor is being held in the Calloway County Jail. Sotomayor faces multiple charges including murder, theft by unlawful taking (auto) and tampering with physical evidence.

KSP was assisted by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Murray State University Police, and officials with Murray State University.  The investigation is ongoing.

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Danny Valle

Danny Valle anchors News 3 This Morning on Saturday and Sunday and reports Monday-Wednesday at News 3 WSIL. He joined the team in 2017 as a morning producer, before becoming an anchor in 2018, and reporter in 2019. Danny graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism with a specialization in Sports Broadcasting.

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