Newton woman dies in car near Emporia

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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:06 AM CST
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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) - Update: We’re learning more information about a woman who was found dead in a car in Emporia. According to KVOE, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has identified her as 33-year-old Megan Triplett, of Newton.

The sheriff’s office tells KVOE, shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded US-50 west of Emporia to check the welfare of two adults and two small children inside a vehicle. Deputies found the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as 28-year-old Mario Solis, of Newton, left the vehicle. As he did, deputies heard a sound inside the vehicle and found Triplett dead inside. The sheriff’s office says she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Solis was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and unspecified traffic offenses. The children were unharmed and were taken into protective custody.

Triplett’s and Solis’ relationship is currently unknown.

Lyon County authorities say a person is in custody after deputies found a dead woman inside a vehicle near Emporia. The sheriff’s office says deputies were alerted Wednesday night to check on the welfare of two adults and two children inside a vehicle.

Deputies stopped the car on U.S. 50 west of Emporia. Sgt. Doug Stump says when the driver got out, a deceased woman was found inside. He says the driver was arrested for charges not related to the woman’s death. The two children inside the vehicle were not harmed and are in protective custody.

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