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Third body identified in Topeka homicides

Updated: 2013-12-03T18:36:39Z

The Associated Press

— Authorities identified Tuesday the third body found at a Topeka home but still didn't have a suspect or motive.

A fourth person remains hospitalized as the investigation continued into its third day.

Topeka police identified the victim as 34-year-oled Tamesha Lee of Topeka. Her body and those of two men were found Sunday in a home not far from Washburn University.

Authorities have released few details and haven't said how the three people were killed. Messages left with the police seeking additional comment about the investigation weren't immediately returned Tuesday morning.

Carla Jean Avery, 45, was found Sunday behind a Topeka restaurant with gunshot wound. Police said Tuesday she was still in critical condition.

Police traced Avery's movements back to her 2 ½-story home, about a half-mile from the restaurant, where the three bodies were found. And police found a car belonging to Avery at a car wash across the street from the restaurant.

The two men found in the home were identified as her 43-year-old brother, Eric Christopher Avery, and her 56-year-old ex-husband, Marvin Louis Woods.

Crime Stoppers is offering an $8,000 reward for information.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation's online registry of criminal offenders listed 30 people who have been convicted of violent, sexual or drug charges living within five blocks of where the three bodies were found. The list included Carla Avery, who pleaded guilty in federal court in 2011 to a charge of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to six months at a community halfway house.

Federal and state records also said she had drug convictions in Shawnee County in 2005 and in Jackson County, Mo., in 2000.

A September 2007 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy that occurred at the home where the bodies were found Sunday remains unsolved.

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