TOPEKA, Kan. - 13 News has learned Deon A. Ross, 24, of Topeka, was booked into Shawnee County Jail at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of first degree murder. Ross was named as the primary suspect in the death of Alheli Alcantara, 18, of Topeka.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat says 18 year old Alheli Alcantara's van was found early Tuesday morning in the 700 Block of SW Polk, Topeka.
The van is now impounded and in processing with CSI at the Topeka Law Enforcement Center.
Authorities had been searching for Alcantara's van since they identified her as the woman whose body was found behind a Quality Inn, 150 E. Poyntz Ave., Manhattan.
Alcantara was last seen alive at 1:00a.m. in Topeka Sunday morning. Her family says she spent Saturday with her grandma, whom she lives with. The last time her family saw her was when they say she left to go to work at Burger King about 5p.m. Saturday.
The Riley County Police Department and Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office are conducting the investigation together because Alcantara's body was found in an area considered to be in both jurisdictions. The Topeka Police Department has also joined in the investigation.
Alcantara's family in Topeka told 13 News they do not know who Deon Ross is, but authorities say Alcantara and Ross were acquaintances. A manager confirmed Tuesday evening that Alcantara and Ross were both employees at Burger King, 2817 SE California Ave., Topeka.
Also Tuesday, Alheli's body was released to her mother in Manhattan. Funeral arrangements are pending.