A Lexington, Kentucky, woman was reported missing for weeks and then found hidden in her apartment in late 2020.
Police arrested a suspect who was driving her stolen vehicle at the time she was found. Now, they are saying he is her killer.
Ava Creech, 62, was reported missing in September 2020, according to Lexington police. Officers found her body hidden in her apartment on Oct. 2.
However, identifying the body took the Fayette County coroner’s office some time, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.
William P. Brown, 52, was arrested in October 2020 after police saw him driving Creech’s stolen car. At the time of the arrest, Brown also had some of her belongings and a revolver with him. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Brown was charged in October with receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
He was being held in jail and was charged with Creech’s murder this week.
Rhonda Hamm, a friend of Ava, said Creech had been missing since Sept. 11, according to the Herald-Leader. Hamm said Creech called one day and when she answered, she could hear a man and woman yelling.
Creech wasn’t talking to Hamm, but then the phone hung up. Hamm tried to call her back, but every time the call went to voicemail, the report states.
Hamm messaged Creech and didn’t hear back again. She found out the Creech was missing.
She told the Herald-Leader that Brown and Creech casually knew each other and he stayed with her briefly.