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May 1, 2014

Naked, bloody man tells school bus driver: ‘Someone just killed my girlfriend!’

Marcus J. Simms, 30, was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle. He remained in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond. No charges had been filed in the death of his girlfriend, whom police identified as Michelle Boldrige, 31, of Kansas City.

After his girlfriend was killed in a Northland apartment Thursday, a naked man apparently drove to a school bus parking lot and approached a bus driver, according to court records released Thursday.

The driver saw the man had blood on his left hand and a cellphone in his right hand. She told him to go away, the records said.

But the man said: “You don’t understand. Someone just killed my girlfriend!”

He ran to the bus building and tried to enter. When he couldn’t, he stole another bus driver’s minivan using keys he found on the floorboard, court records allege. Police arrested him after he drove the van off the road near Missouri 152 and Interstate 435.

Clay County prosecutors charged Marcus J. Simms, 30, with tampering with a motor vehicle. He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of a $500,000 bond — a much higher amount than typically assigned to such a charge.

No charges had been filed Thursday in the death of his girlfriend, whom police identified as Michelle Boldrige, 31, of Kansas City.

Homicide detectives still were investigating the circumstances surrounding her death in her apartment in the 7900 block of North Hickory Street.

They found her body after neighbors reported seeing a bloody, naked man running around. Neighbors called 911 just before 7 a.m. and said the man claimed someone was trying to kill him, police said. Officers found bloody clothes and an ID in the area before finding Boldrige’s body.

Police found a green Ford Focus in the parking lot of a probation and parole office near the school bus lot. Police saw dried blood on its steering wheel, its gear shifter and the screen of a cellphone on the back passenger side floorboard. Police believe Simms may have driven the Focus from North Hickory to the bus building.

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