Authorities haven't identified a primary suspect in last Friday's apparent murder of a rural Ottawa woman, said the Franklin County sheriff's officer in charge of the investigation.
Capt. Craig Davis today said officers from the sheriff's department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Ottawa and Wellsville police departments have followed more than 200 leads into the stabbing death of Doris E. Branson, 45. Branson's body was found at her home. She had been stabbed several times.
Branson last was seen alive at 5:45 p.m. last Friday standing by her mailbox, on a road by her house, which is four miles north and west of Ottawa. Her husband discovered her body and contacted the sheriff's office at 7:53 p.m., Davis said.
Officers are looking for the driver of a light-blue tractor-trailer rig that was hauling rock or grain and nearly hit another car Friday at an Ottawa intersection one mile south of Centropolis Road. They also are searching for a motorcyclist who was reported driving recklessly Friday on U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Ottawa.
Anyone who noticed either of the vehicles or anything else suspicious Friday in rural Ottawa is urged to call the sheriff's department at 1-242-3800 or the Kansas Crime Hotline at 1-800-KS-CRIME.