A man has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting and killing a missing mother of two. According to the Coloradoan, 30-year-old Khalid White made his first appearance in a Colorado court at the Larimer County Justice Center. White is accused of murdering 41-year-old Kimberlee Graves.
White has been charged with eight felonies: first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of felony murder, sexual assault with a weapon resulting in serious bodily injury, robbery, tampering with a deceased human body, identity theft and motor vehicle theft.
As People reported, 41-year-old Graves vanished under suspicious circumstances on December 4, 2017. Authorities found her home ransacked, and her car was found over a week later in a parking garage. Her remains were found in Lory State Park by a park employee on January 9. Following a coroner's examination, Graves' cause of death was ruled a homicide by blunt force head injuries and manual strangulation, reported the Coloradoan.
Per a statement from authorities: “The Larimer County Coroner identified the woman as Kimberlee Graves and determined that her death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma and manual strangulation. The Coroner also found evidence of sexual assault.”
White was named a suspect and arrested after “detectives found evidence linking” him to the victim's disappearance and death. The specifics of that evidence were not shared in the statement.
Authorities found White in Nevada on December 20, 2017. They discovered then that he was possession of the victim's identification and other items.
White and Graves, who was a massage therapist, were not strangers. The aforementioned statement indicates that “detectives learned that White was acquainted with Kimberlee and potentially had information about her disappearance.”
The victim's family and friends held a candlelight vigil recently in her honor.
"She was a very free spirit," said Samantha Kyle, Graves' sister. "She loved anything earthy — the trees and the plants and the world, and to me, it just says to love everything and to bring light to everything."
A friend described her as "full of life."
She said, "She has a light about her that almost literally made her glow, and just being around her kind of rubbed off on you and made you feel happy, too."
According to People, White has not yet entered a formal plea to the charges against him. He is currently in jail without bond, and he has yet to retain an attorney, said court records.
[Photo: Fort Collins Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff's Office]