OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A 22-year-old man has been charged with capital murder and rape in the death of 46-year-old Juilanna Pappas, a woman who was missing since August 22 until her body was found late Wednesday night.
Korrey Rinke appeared before a Johnson County judge Thursday afternoon. If found guilty of the capital murder charge, Rinke could be sentenced to death.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says the murder charge was elevated to capital status because he believes Pappas was killed during or after the act of another felony, being raped.
Coworkers of Rinke’s say he worked at ATC in Ottawa; a truck cover manufacturing company. One employee told FOX 4 Rinke quit a few weeks ago. His last known address is just a few blocks away from ATC, near Garfield and Cherry street. Neighbors say there has been a heavy police presence in the neighborhood the last couple of days and Wednesday night they towed a white pickup truck from the yard.
Sometime around August 22, the two went out on a date and it was the last time Pappas was seen alive.
Sources say after Pappas disappeared, Rinke was caught on video surveillance at work going through her belongings. When police questioned him, Rinke eventually broke down, saying he did something bad and told investigators where they should look for Pappas’ body.
Kathy Parrish lives in the Gardner mobile home park where Rinke and his brother grew up. She describes the boys upbringing as funky; two children effectively raising each other.
“There was no stability and mom was off on the road, and dad was either on alcohol or pills or whatever," said Parrish.
Parrish says she stepped in to help Rinke and his brother as much as she could, until Rinke was in fourth grade, and said he didn't want to go home to his parents and went to live with his grandmother in Iowa.
Parrish remembers, "He was kind of reserved. He was nice and polite to me and kind-of just boyish. But it just threw me off guard when I heard, 'oh, my God, Korrey is not coming back.'"
Parrish said Rinke has been back in town for a couple of years, but he's now behind bars on a $1 million bond.
Sources say when Rinke told investigators where to find Pappas' body, they thought she was in the creek, so divers searched and had no luck. It was a man walking his dog late Wednesday night who smelled a foul odor, and found her body in the brush near the edge of the creek.
Although Rinke has been charged with raping and killing Pappas, Overland Park police are still investigating and want to hear from you if you have any information about this case.
FOX 4 has been working to learn more about Pappas. We’ve reached out to friends and stopped by her last known address. No one has wanted to comment so far.