‘HELP’ written on dusty dashboard before Wichita teen found dead

Days after her boyfriend was found dead, a Wichita teenager’s SUV was found at a south Wichita apartment complex; “HELP” was written in dust on the dashboard, and she was found inside, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday by Sedgwick County District Court.

A window had been broken out, and a Speedy Cash document for Dontenize Kelly, 22, who was later arrested on suspicion of capital murder, was also found in the back seat, the detective wrote.

The court document provides more details into the killings of Michael Beasley, 17, and Kaylah Blackmon, 18, both of Wichita.

Beasley was found dead at around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 after a passerby saw him lying in the grass next to an abandoned church at Ninth and Ash, police said.

Tinted glass fragments were found near his body, the detective said, adding Beasley’s death was caused by “multiple gunshot wounds.”

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According to the report, police subsequently suspected Blackmon could be in danger and asked for the public’s help finding her and her SUV.

In the document, the detective detailed how the investigation proceeded after police had identified Beasley.

Here’s what it says:

Beasley’s grandmother told police she saw him from 7:10 to 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 31 and that his girlfriend had been waiting for him outside.

Blackmon’s family said she left home at around 5:30 p.m. the same night.

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Shortly after noon on Feb. 1, someone reported finding Blackmon’s phone on the sidewalk of the 119th Street West bridge, south of Maple.

No outgoing texts or phone calls had been made from her phone after 9:15 p.m. the night before.

The detective “obtained records” associated with Blackmon’s Facebook account which showed the last location of “the mobile device associated with her accounts was . . . at or near the McDonald’s located at 506 N. Tyler,” the detective wrote.

McDonald’s surveillance video showed Blackmon going through the drive-through at 2:17 a.m. on Feb. 1 She purchased “two drinks and more food than one person would typically eat.” She also appeared to be alone and not “under any distress,” according to the detective.

The Wichita Police Department’s license plate readers, which are installed at locations around the city, spotted the SUV traveling at 6:04 a.m. on Feb. 1 at Ninth and Grove, less than a quarter-mile from where Beasley’s body had been found. The SUV was spotted again at Pawnee and Oliver around 6:52 p.m. that day.

On the morning of Feb. 4 a patrolling Wichita police lieutenant found the SUV at the Kingston Cove Apartments in the 500 block of West 27th Street South.

“HELP” was written in dust on the dashboard in front of the steering wheel.

“The rear passenger window was broken out and glass fragments can be seen inside the vehicle,” the detective wrote. “This glass is consistent in appearance to the glass observed next to the body of Michael Beasley.”

A shell casing was near the glass inside the vehicle and several McDonald’s food packages were on the backseat. The back floorboard was full of clothing and other items.

A search warrant was obtained, and Blackmon’s body was found under the clothing and items.

She had been shot three times.

“Located in the vehicle were six shell casings, an unspent bullet and bloody clothes,” the detective wrote. “A wallet and iPhone later determined to belong to Michael Beasley were located in the back seat.”

“McDonald’s food packing was located in the vehicle. . .. A document from Speedy Cash in the name of Dontenize Kelly … was also located in the back seat.”

Additionally, fingerprints matching Kelly were found on the McDonald’s food containers and on the outside of the vehicle, the detective wrote.

Beasley’s mother said that Kelly and her son were friends and Kelly had recently come to the house looking for Beasley. The detective said the mother of Kelly’s baby also had said the two were friends but Kelly recently told her they had a “falling out.”

Acting on a tip, police arrested Kelly in the 700 block of West MacArthur on Feb. 5.D

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