UPDATE: Arrest Made in McPherson Homicide

Travis Belt (Photo: Kansas Dept. of Corrections)

UPDATE: McPherson Police have made an arrest in the homicide of a McPherson man.

According to media release, officers were sent a home in the 500 block of Eshelman on Friday after a 911 caller said a friend was lying on the floor of his house, possibly deceased. Officers immediately responded and the caller directed them to the house in question. The officers entered the home and discovered the resident, identified as Steve Carlson, 58, deceased.

Investigators believe Carlson was specifically targeted by his assailant.

McPherson Police say an investigation led them to identify Travis Ryan Belt, 25, as a suspect in Carlson’s homicide. Belt was arrested at 12:20 a.m. Sunday and booked into the McPherson County Jail on a single requested charge of first degree murder. Charges will be sent to McPherson Torrance Parkins for review and filing, according to the release.

The investigation into Carlson’s death continues by the McPherson Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Police encourage anyone with information regarding the murder of Steve Carlson to immediately call the McPherson Police Department at 620-245-1200 or McPherson County Crime Stoppers at at 800-248-8118 or 620-241-1122.

More information is expected to be released as it becomes available, according to the release.

The McPherson Police Department is investigating a death Friday as a homicide.

According to a media release, officers were sent a home in the 500 block of Eshelman after a 911 caller said a friend was lying on the floor of his house, possibly deceased. Officers immediately responded and the caller directed them to the house in question. The officers entered the home to render emergency aid and discovered the resident was already deceased.

The death is being investigated as a homicide. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been called to assist with the investigation.

Investigators believe the victim, who has been identified as Steve Carlson, 58, was specifically target by the suspect or suspects. McPherson Police do not believe this was a random act and as a result, do not believe the public is in immediate danger, according to the release.

Police say they do not have a suspect in custody, but the investigation continues. Citizens are encouraged to remain vigilant about their safety.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Steve Carlson is asked to call the McPherson Police Department at 620-245-1200 or McPherson County Crime Stoppers at at 800-248-8118 or 620-241-1122.

Updated: April 16, 2017 — 5:05 pm
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