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UPDATE: Body of Missing Woman Found

KSAL Staff - May 9, 2013 3:37 pm

Officers work the crime scene Thursday evening.

Officers work the crime scene Thursday evening.

Saline County authorities searching for a missing mother of four located a body off Interstate 135 in Salina Thursday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department would not say Thursday whether the body was that of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler. But KSN television was interviewing Tyler’s mother when officers called her to tell her that Kristin’s body had been found.

The Salina woman has been missing since April 25. She was thought to be heading to a convenience store when she disappeared.

Earlier Thursday, police announced the arrest of 24-year-old James Heil, described as a “person of interest” in the case. He was taken into custody Wednesday night at a hotel in Abilene and held on an unrelated probation violation. She and Tyler were acquaintances.

Deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office intensified the search for Tyler Wednesday night.¬†They combed the area with multiple vehicles. 32 deputies teamed up in 16 vehicles to drive county roads.

Tyler’s body was found Thursday afternoon, on Stimmel Road below Interstate 135.

Officials have planned a media conference for Friday morning.

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