WPD: Woman 'bludgeoned', house fire intentionally set

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE Monday, 1:00 PM

Friends tell KWCH they believe the victim in Friday's murder is Reyona Caldwell of Wichita.

Wichita Police are still waiting for official autopsy reports to positively identify the victim.

According to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, Caldwell worked at the county jail as a clerk for the jail's medical contractor.

Easter says Caldwell is no longer working at Sedgwick County Jail.

A Facebook page with Caldwell's name show a woman in several pictures with Dane Wright, 29; Wichita Police identified Wright as a suspect in Friday's murder and kidnapping.

Police believe Wright left with three children ages 11, five and two-years-old, signalling an Amber Alert Friday night.

Daryan Seidl, a close friend of Caldwell's, says she and Caldwell were servers together at Jose Peppers.

She says Caldwell was a hard-worker and well respected by other employees. She says Caldwell was lovingly called "Mama Rey;" and to Siedl, she was like a mother.

Multiple GoFundMe pages have been started by both Siedl and TeOnya Johnson to assist Caldwell's family and her three children.

Siedl also tells Eyewitness News that Jose Peppers in east Wichita will be holding a fundraiser all day June 15 and 20 percent of the restaurant's sales from that day will go towards Caldwell's family.

KWCH reached out to Caldwell's family who say they do not feel comfortable giving any statements at this time, but they want people to know that Reyona was well-loved by many.

Sedgwick County court documents show Wright did not have any violent crimes in his past. Based on that information, there's no sign of domestic violence between Wright and Caldwell. However, documents show Caldwell did file protection from abuse orders against another man in 2010 and 2014.
UPDATE Monday, 10:30 AM

Wichita police say a woman had been bludgeoned when firefighters found her Friday after being called out to a house fire.

Crews found the woman's body when they responded to a house fire in the 300 block of N. Ash around 12:12 p.m. They also found a fire had been intentionally set and the suspect had fled the scene.

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Dane Wright. They believed he had left with three children ages 11, five and two-years-old.

Because of the crime, police believed the children were in danger. They contacted the KBI, and an Amber Alert was issued for a white Ford Focus.

Police received numerous tips which led them to a motel on South Broadway where the children were located unharmed.

Wright was also located and arrested. He was interviewed then booked into the Sedgwick County jail for first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment.

Police would not release Wright's relationship to the victim.

Investigators are waiting to forensically identify the woman before releasing her name. They are working with the forensics center, who performed her autopsy, to determine her cause of death.