Suspect Named in Willard Girl’s Death

| October 9, 2012
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Anthony Balbirnie

Police arrested a man they believe may be connected to the death of a Willard girl.  The weighted-down body of Khighla Parks, 15, was found in Truman Lake near Warsaw on Sept. 30.

Anthony Balbirnie, 47, was taken into custody Monday after leading authorities on two car chases in the Springfield area.  Police have not said what evidence, if any, ties Balbirnie to the teen’s death.  Parks was last seen around 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 20th.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said they believed Parks was killed in another location in Dallas County.

No cause of death has been released.

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