The on-site investigation into a pair of homicides at 15 Roanoke Court continued Wednesday. A makeshift memorial popped up at the private playground on Roanoke Court in memory of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her 4-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation completed assisting in evidence collection, though a search warrant remained open. Newton Police Chief Eric Murphy told The Kansan that when the investigation was complete the home would be turned back over to the Newton Housing Authority.
The mother and child were found by one of Runyon's ex-boyfriends Tuesday morning. He called 911 at 11:06 a.m. Officers found Runyon strangled to death and Paz stabbed to death in the bedrooms of their rental duplex.
Later in the day, a suspect, 19-year-old Keith Hawkins, was arrested in Texas after a car chase. He was as booked on charges that included unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and being a "fugitive from justice, out of state.”
According to Newton Chief of Police Eric Murphy, Hawkins was identified as a suspect early in the investigation. According to Hawkins' Facebook profile, he worked as a stocker at Wal-Mart. Originally from Towanda, he moved to Newton and attended Newton High School.
He stands accused of two murders, fleeing the scene in a vehicle owned by Runyon. He was driving the victim's vehicle when he arrived at a family member's residence in Texas.
According to police, Texas investigators are questioning Hawkins and working on extraditing him back to Kansas where he is expected to face murder charges.
"We do have a detective headed to Texas to question the suspect," Murphy said.
Autopsies are being performed on Runyon and Paz.