Homicide investigation in Pittsburg, Kan. on Cedar Crest Drive

Pittsburg, Kan. — Pittsburg Police officers acting on a tip performed a welfare check on an adult female on Monday, October 10, 2022 just after noon at 1309 Cedar Crest Drive in Pittsburg.

Leut Rebekah Lynch of PPD states in a media release, “The caller had received information the female living at this residence may have been hurt or injured.”

Officers discovered the body of Machelle Lynn Fontenot, 54, of Pittsburg.

The death was determined to be Homicide.

While officers were still at the crime scene information developed in a subject. In an odd twist that male individual was seen driving near Cedar Crest Drive. Officers initiated a traffic stop.

The male suspect was taken into custody.

Formal charges have yet to be filed. Leut Lynch states he is being held in the Crawford County Jail on allegations of, “2nd degree murder, and one count of felony interference with law enforcement.”

The Homicide investigation continues and PPD ask anyone with information to please contact 620-231-1700, or their tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477).

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Pittsburg Police arrest homicide suspect

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Police Department has a homicide suspect in custody.

Authorities arrested 23-year-old Bri’yon Ezra Baker early Sunday morning for the murder of 18-year-old Jase Elizabeth Delich.

Investigators say Delich was shot at an apartment on the 400 block of Broadway Street Saturday night and died at the scene.

Police arrested Baker who is from Tennessee after reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses.

Baker is facing 2nd degree murder charges and is in the Crawford County Jail where he is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.