Authorities arrest central Kansas man sought as ‘person of interest’ in teenage girl’s death

Friday, August 27, 2010

‘Person of interest’ in Kan. teen death arrested

GREAT BEND, Kan. — Authorities on Friday arrested the man they were seeking in connection with the death of a 14-year-old central Kansas girl whose charred body was discovered at an asphalt plant.

The Kansas attorney general’s office said Adam Joseph Longoria was caught Friday by the Kansas Highway Patrol off Interstate 70 near Salina. He is being held in Barton County on a warrant for a vehicle stolen earlier Friday from the same asphalt plant where the body of Alicia DeBolt was found on Tuesday.

Officials did not know whether Longoria had an attorney.

Authorities had asked earlier Friday for the public’s help in finding the 36-year-old man, also known as “Rocco.” He was found driving a 2002 white Ford Explorer believed stolen sometime between 1 and 2 a.m. Friday from Venture Corp.

An employee with Venture Corp., a Great Bend paving company, found the body of Alicia DeBolt on Tuesday behind gravel piles at the company’s asphalt plant five miles west of the city. Alicia left her house at about 11 p.m. Saturday to go to a party, and her family reported her missing on Sunday afternoon after she failed to return home.

The Wichita coroner used dental records to identify the girl because her body had been burned beyond recognition.

Gavin Young, spokesman for the attorney general’s office, has declined to elaborate on Longoria’s connection to the case or to the asphalt plant. Venture Corp. also declined comment. Calls to Longoria’s home were not answered Friday.

“As the investigation into the murder of Alicia DeBolt continues, we continue to urge individuals with any information on this case to come forward to law enforcement,” Attorney General Steve Six said in a news release. “Law enforcement continues to use all tools at their disposal to provide justice for Alicia and her friends and family.”

Young said law enforcement officials searched Longoria’s home in Great Bend Thursday, but he would not say who had been interviewed.

Alicia would have began her freshman year at high school on Monday. Her family members have said she was excited to start school and was looking forward to being a cheerleader.

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