Police identify woman found in gas-filled Topeka home


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a woman found dead under “suspicious circumstances” in a natural-gas filled Topeka home was a Shawnee County Department of Corrections employee.

Police identified the woman Monday as 36-year-old Brandi Prchal. Her cause of death is under investigation.

Officers investigating reports of a gas leak in a central Topeka home found her dead inside.

Topeka police say a man found ill inside the home, 36-year-old Jeremy Lardner, of Topeka, was treated and released from a hospital and then booked into jail. He faces possible charges of first-degree murder and criminal threat.

Police have released no details about why the scene was considered suspicious.


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