Topekan Charged With First-Degree Murder In Fatal Hit And Run Accident

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Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka man is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brenna Morgart.

Dustin Leftwich is also being charged with kidnapping, reckless driving, giving false information, failure to report an accident and failure to stop after an accident.

Morgart,18, was reported missing after she 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 Friday 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 Morgart's death late Friday.

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