◼ Sheriff's investigation in Kansas leads to warrant for Trinidad death
A car and two guns have allegedly linked a Tennessee man to the death of a Trinidad resident earlier this month, prompting the issuance of a $1 million Humboldt County arrest warrant on Wednesday.
Donny Ray Best, 52, of Athens, Tenn., was stopped by the Kansas Highway Patrol on Sept. 5 in a green Buick LeSabre registered to Trinidad resident William John Lundy, 59.
Due to suspicious circumstances, KHP requested the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office perform a welfare check on Lundy, who was found dead in his fifth-wheel travel trailer that same day.
The Humboldt County Coroner's Office later determined that Lundy died from a gunshot wound.
Humboldt investigators flew to Kansas to interview Best and collect evidence with search warrants prepared by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, including Best's fingerprints, DNA and his cell phone records, said Brenda Godsey, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. His clothing was also seized.
”We got a search warrant to take his clothing and have it analyzed to see if there's additional evidence,” she said.
Three guns were also seized from Best's vehicle, two of which have been linked to Lundy, according to the Missouri branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.