A woman who has modeled in both Playboy and Maxim has been arrested in connection with the death of a 71-year-old psychiatrist whose body was found in a trunk of a car in a desert near Las Vegas.
The body of Thomas Burchard was discovered in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle on March 7, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. A man had spotted the car and reported it, noting that it had a broken window.
Burchard, a child psychiatrist who lived in Salinas, Calif., had reportedly suffered an injury to his head. His death has been ruled a homicide, KVVU-TV in Las Vegas reports.
Kelsey Turner, 25, was arrested on Mar. 21 in Stockton, California and she now faces extradition to Las Vegas to face a murder charge. It’s not clear how investigators pinpointed her as a suspect in the case.
Stockton and Salinas are located about 130 miles apart.
Turner’s mother told KSBW in Salinas that Burchard had paid rent on a home in Salinas where she, Turner and Turner’s children, lived. An anonymous source told the outlet that Turner moved to Las Vegas after Burchard stopped paying rent on the home.
Burchard was a psychiatrist at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
"Dr. Burchard was a psychiatrist in our behavioral health program for almost 40 years and was very helpful to many patients," hospital spokeswoman Mary Barker said after his death, as reported by KVVU. "It’s a very sad situation and our hearts go out to his family, friends, patients, and colleagues.”
In an interview with Maxim, Turner said if she was ever voted a Maxim cover girl she would “probably pay off my student debt first and then help my family in any way that I could.”
She refers to herself in that interview as a “Russian-American blonde just trying To change the world.”
She appeared in Playboy Italy in 2017, Newsweek reports.
Turner has a court date set for April 8. She has been denied bail and it’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
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