Seaman Family in Mourning, Over Brenna Morgart's Death

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

NORTHWEST TOPEKA -- The Seaman High School family is in shock and mourning this weekend, after learning of the hit-and-run death of star student Brenna Morgart.

Brenna, who was 18, had just graduated this month. She was reported missing after she's left the family's home on Northwest Timberway Court between 10:00 and 11:00 Friday morning.

Her body was located near Huxman Road at 6:12pm Friday.

Authorities were called to help just before 4:00 Friday afternoon. Many concerned friends and neighbors had already searched for most of the afternoon. A request was made for KHP helicopters to look for her from above.. and by 5:30pm, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Silver Lake and Soldier Township Fire Departments.

Sheriff Herman T. Jones told 13 News last night, that the parents of a 20-year old Topekan, Dustin J. Leftwich, had come to authorities saying their son had been involved in a collision. Sheriff's investigators confirmed the report that his car had struck Morgart that morning.

Brenna's eyeglasses were located near 69th and Jennings Road, which deputies confirmed was the spot where she was struck.

Her body was located in a wooded, closed off area of Huxman Road, quite a distance away. They determined her body was moved away from the scene of the collision and left abandoned in a field near the 6600 Block of NW Huxman Road.

Two Shawnee County CSI teams worked the crime scenes before the Sheriff confirmed Brenna's death late Friday.

Melissa Brunner reported there was a steady stream of stunned friends coming in and out of Northland Christian Church Friday night, where the popular 18-year old was a Sunday School teacher.

Dustin Leftwich was taken into custody and transported to the LEC for questioning, before he was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections. The case is still under investigation this weekend, as hit and run charges are reviewed before he's taken to jail.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Northland Christian Church. 3102 N. Topeka Blvd.

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