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Playboy model, 25, arrested in death of California psychiatrist, 71, found in the trunk of the car

connectVideoPsychiatrist’s body is found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car

A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman is arrested in California, charged with the murder of a 71-year-old child psychiatrist, who was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car in Nevada earlier this month, authorities said Thursday.

Kelsey Turner was taken into custody March 21, in Stockton, in connection with the death of Dr. Thomas Burchard, of Salinas, California, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.

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Turner was arrested by Las Vegas detectives and the Stockton FBI task force, FOX5 Vegas reported. Further details about her arrest or the manner in which the police identified Turner as a suspect in Burchard died were not immediately available.

Her name and picture corresponds to that which appeared on a Facebook profile to describe the woman as a model who posed for racy photographs, including some posted on Playboy’s Italian-language website, the Californian of Salinas reported.

Kelsey Turner, 25, was arrested in California for the murder of Thomas Burchard, a 71-year-old psychiatrist, whose body was found bludgeoned to death earlier this month in the trunk of a car in Nevada, authorities said Thursday.
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Social media profiles for Kelsey Turner identify her as a model living in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal. But property records obtained by the paper indicate Turner also had addresses in Arizona and California, including Salinas, which is approximately 130 miles from Stockton.

Burchard’s body was discovered March 7 in an uninhabited area in the vicinity of the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. His body was found after a passer-by saw a stone was thrown through one of the car’s windows, police said. It was not immediately clear who the owner of the car.

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Authorities determined Burchard died from blunt trauma to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.

Burchard, who does not want to retire at 65, because he could not bear to his patients, has worked nearly four decades in the behavioral health program, with Mounting Health, the Review-Journal.

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“Dr. Burchard was a psychiatrist in our behavioral health program for nearly 40 years and was very helpful for many patients,” Assembly Health spokeswoman Mary Barker said. “It is a very sad situation and our hearts go out to his family, friends, patients and colleagues. We are the notification of his patients and providing grief counseling for the staff.”

Turner was held in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail as she awaits extradition to face a murder charge in Las Vegas.

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