Woman arrested in connection to fatal hit and run in Butler County

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ANDOVER, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE (Friday, 6:30 p.m.)

An anonymous tip from a neighbor leads to the arrest of 33-year-old Virginia Moore of Augusta. She was booked for second degree murder, among other charges.

The Butler County Sheriff says she hit and killed 38-year-old Jared Wright in Andover last Saturday.

"She said she hit something, she didn't know what," said Sheriff Kelly Herzet. "She pulled off the roadway, off the highway, got out and looked."

Herzet says she found Wrignt in the bed of her truck.

"She said she panicked and didn't know what to do," Herzet said.

He says she confessed to dumping Wright's body more than six miles away.
"Then drove off and proceeded to go home in Augusta," Herzet said.

The truck she was driving, belongs to Kyle Gulick.

Virginia Moore is his ex-girlfriend. He says he hadn't picked up the truck from her yet.

"I was told it was a deer, a buck. There was a hole in the windshield. She told me an antler went through the windshield," Gulick said.

He called a windshield repair company to go fix the truck at Moore's home. When Gulick later stopped by, there was no truck. Instead, he found four detectives and a much different story.

"It just kind of makes me sick to my stomach. How somebody could do that and not immediately call 911, I don't get that at all," Gulick said.

Herzet says an anonymous tip from one of Moore's neighbors helped them crack the case.

"The neighbor noticed the truck sitting in this garage for days on end, then saw the repair company come by Thursday. That's when he decided to call police.

"This case could've went unsolved, which a lot of hit and runs do," Herzet said. "I'm very grateful we had a tip from someone in Augusta and paid attention and watched on the news we were asking for the public's help."

Gulick says he's grateful too.

"I want to shake his hand," Gulick said. "Here I am trying to fix my truck, almost like covering it up. You know? And I had no idea," he said.

In another twist, Gulick tells me Moore knew Jared Wright, and that even if she didn't know she hit Wright that night, she must've known, when his identity was released the next day.

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Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet gave more information Friday about a fatal hit-and-run in Butler County, east of Andover.

Herzet said Virginia Moore told investigators she hit 38-year-old Jared Wright Saturday, not knowing what she hit. Moore then pulled over and got out of the truck she was driving to investigate. Herzet said Moore found the body in the bed of the truck, panicked and started driving around.

Eventually, Moore pulled Wright's body out of the bed of the truck by one leg and left him in the road.

Herzet said Moore has a history with the Augusta Police Department.

The hit-and-run happened around 12:40 a.m. Saturday, minutes after Wright was seen hitchhiking in the area.
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The Butler County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman in connection to a fatal hit-and-run.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said the office received an anonymous tip from a neighbor in Augusta of a person having a vehicle that had been kept in the garage all week. Thursday, a glass company showed up to replace a windshield and Herzet said the neighbor thought that was strange.

Detectives were sent to the area, where they started investigating.

Herzet said Virginia Moore, 33, of Augusta confessed she was the person who hit Jared Wright on Saturday morning in a fatal hit and run east of Andover.

Moore was booked into the Butler County Jail on charges of second degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.

The Andover Police Department posted on its Facebook page that the Sheriff's Office plans to hold a briefing Friday morning regarding the incident and arrest.