KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man found dead earlier this month in a wooded area in Kansas City, Missouri, following a murder-suicide has now been identified as the suspect in a double homicide.

On October 1, firefighters discovered the bodies of 24-year-old Camila Behrensen and 25-year-old Pablo Guzman-Palma inside their fire-damaged apartment near 41st and Oak streets. Both were researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Police said the victims suffered physical trauma that would not have been caused by a fire.
Detectives seized a shell casings and projectiles from the apartment as evidence.

On Oct. 16, KCPD responded to investigate the bodies of a man and woman found in a wooded area near Northeast 48th Street and Randolph Road in Clay County. The preliminary ruling from the medical examiner’s office indicated the two died in a murder-suicide.

A spokesperson for KCPD said 40-year-old Misty Brockman and 42-year-old Kevin Moore were found with apparent trauma and pronounced dead at the scene.

Court documents show inside a car in the woods investigators found a gun, four phones, and a video recorder in the backseat.

Brockman was due in court on October 13 for a drug possession charge of meth. But court documents show she’d been injured in a fall and due to stitches in her knee and pain medicine wasn’t able to attend.

That court hearing was rescheduled for October 20, and was postponed again when the court received information she may be dead.

On Thursday, Jackson County prosecutors announced that a KCPD investigation established that on or about Oct. 1, Moore caused the deaths of Behrensen and Guzman-Palma and intentionally set their apartment on fire.

“Due to the efforts of KCPD and, in particular, the Crime Lab, KCPD used phone and computer data, surveillance videos, ballistic testing as well as DNA tests to determine the cause of the deaths of Behrensen and Guzman-Palma and to determine that Moore was the suspect,” the prosecutors office said in a news release Thursday.

The murder-suicide in Clay County is still under investigation.

The Stowers Institute released this statement following KCPD’s update on Thursday:

The Stowers Institute and the Graduate School at the Stowers Institute are grieving the loss of two brilliant, promising scientists. Our thoughts are with their families during this time. The Institute has been cooperating with law enforcement and learned that the crime has been solved.  

We thank the Kansas City Police Department for their dedication and the office of the Jackson County prosecutor for its oversight of this investigation. The individual who committed this crime has no tie to the Institute or the Graduate School.

We are saddened to learn that this same individual is involved in an additional case out of Clay County. We thank the authorities who investigated this incident as well. Our deepest sympathies go out to those who knew the victim.

To honor the accomplishments and ambitions for a better world of the two dedicated scientists we have tragically lost, all of us at the Institute rededicate ourselves to the scientific mission entrusted to us by our founders.”  

The Stowers Institute

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