COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A woman found dead in a Colorado Springs motel room has been identified as 28-year-old Kimberly Walker.
Walker’s name was released Tuesday. A soldier from Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs, was being held in North Carolina in connection with her death.
Walker was found dead Sunday at the Crowne Plaza motel after Colorado Springs police received a request to check on her welfare. Authorities say Walker died of strangulation and blunt force injury.
Army Sgt. Montrell Lamar Anderson Mayo surrendered to authorities in Pitt County, N.C., on Sunday. Police in Greenville, N.C., said Fort Carson officials told them Mayo might be in the area.
Mayo was being held without bail. He appeared in a Greenville court on Monday and officials said he wouldn’t fight extradition to Colorado. An acquaintance of Mayo’s told police Mayo was with his grandmother in Greenville.
Mayo’s supervisor at Fort Carson, Reginald Cullers, told police that Walker was Mayo’s girlfriend and that she had come from Fort Riley to see Mayo, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.
Cullers and Devon Collins, another soldier who worked with Mayo at Fort Carson, told Colorado Springs police that Mayo had told them by phone that he and Walker had quarreled Thursday, according to the affidavit. Thursday was Valentine’s Day.
Mayo told them Walker had threatened his career, according to the affidavit. The affidavit did not elaborate on the alleged threat.
After his phone conversation with Mayo, Cullers went to the motel and spoke with motel employees, who summoned police. Investigators found what appeared to be rose petals on the floor of the motel room, along with blood on bedding, clothing and a sink, the affidavit said.
It wasn’t immediately known how Mayo got to North Carolina.
Michael Rauschenbach, an AT&T employee in Colorado Springs, said Mayo was one of his customers.
“I saw his face on the news and I was kind of shocked,” Rauschenbach said.
Rauschenbach said he helped Mayo three or four times with his cellphone. He said the soldier sometimes appeared confused, but was always courteous.
“He didn’t really give off any weird vibes or anything like that,” he said.
Jail records didn’t indicate whether Mayo had an attorney.
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