A 19-year-old woman accused of murder in Lawrence waived extradition Thursday, agreeing to return from Florida to face accusations that she killed pizza restaurant owner Harold Sasko.
Douglas County prosecutors said that once arrangements are made, Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn will be transported back to Kansas and booked into the Douglas County Jail.
McLinn was arrested Saturday night at Everglades National Park after she was found camping illegally in Sasko’s car. On Monday, Douglas County prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge against her, alleging that on Jan. 14, she killed Sasko, 52, who shared his home with her.
Park rangers arrested McLinn after they found her sleeping in the back seat of Sasko’s 2008 Nissan Altima sedan in the visitor center parking lot at the national park.
Lawrence police had been looking for McLinn since Jan. 17, when they went to Sasko’s home looking for her after family members said they hadn’t been able to reach her since Jan. 14.
They found Sasko dead inside, but McLinn and Sasko’s car were gone.
A law enforcement source told the Miami Herald that park rangers found a small amount of hashish, two firearms, two knives and an ax in Sasko’s vehicle when McLinn was arrested.
| The Star