Suspect identified in northwest Wichita murder

WICHITA, Kan. Olathe police arrest 37-year-old Travis Becker who is suspected of killing his girlfriend that was found dead in a Wichita home.

Wichita police found the woman dead in the 2200 block of N. Parkridge in west Wichita early Tuesday morning. The woman's daughter identifies her as 42-year-old Perla Rodriguez.

Late Monday night Wichita police say they were contacted by Andover police who said they found some of the woman's property in Andover.

Wichita officers went to Rodriguez's home to return the property around 10:30 Monday night, but were not able to make contact with her.

A few hours later the Olathe police department contacted Wichita police after they found Becker with Rodriguez's car and more of her belongings.

Investigators say Rodriguez died of blunt force trauma. Police believe the Becker and the woman are boyfriend and girlfriend.

Rodriguez's daughter, Alexcia, says she did not know the suspect. She says she was told of her mother's death while in Manhattan for school. She says the news has left her feeling devastated and heartbroken.

This is the 27th homicide in Wichita this year.

Alexcia says she remembers her mother as someone who looked for the best in other people.

The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center delivered a statement on the death of their colleague and friend.

WASAC staff and board are saddened by the loss of our co-worker and friend, Perla Rodriguez. Perla was a critical member of our team providing guidance for the education and outreach we do in our community. We miss her terribly. Our love and support goes out to those who knew her and especially to her family. We are grateful to our community who have reached out to our staff during this difficult time with thoughts of care and compassion. Your support means so much to us and further demonstrates how much Perla meant to WASAC and our community.

"She never would focus on the bad things about someone, just the good things," Alexcia says. "...She was very beautiful, very kind."