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Man tells police he raped, killed Overland Park woman, court documents say

Overland Park police gathered evidence along Indian Creek Trail on Sept. 1, near where the body of Julianna Pappas was found. Korrey Rinke, 22, of Ottawa has been charged with capital murder and rape in the death of the 46-year-old woman.
Overland Park police gathered evidence along Indian Creek Trail on Sept. 1, near where the body of Julianna Pappas was found. Korrey Rinke, 22, of Ottawa has been charged with capital murder and rape in the death of the 46-year-old woman. kmyers@kcstar.com

The man charged in the death of an Overland Park woman last month told police that he forced her to have sex and killed her, according to court documents released Thursday.

Korrey Raine White Rinke, 23, is jailed in Johnson County, where he is charged with rape and capital murder in the killing of 46-year-old Julianna Pappas.

Pappas was reported missing on Aug. 23, and her body was found in a wooded area in Overland Park on Aug. 31.

Her roommate, identified in court documents as DZ, reported to police that Pappas was last seen on the morning of Aug. 22 and had not come home that night.

The roommate said Pappas may have gone to Quintiles, a clinical research company where she had recently participated in a clinical trial, according to an affidavit filed in support of the arrest warrant for Rinke.

On Aug. 26, Overland Park police received a call from the security director at Quintiles, who reported that Rinke was seen “tampering” with a bicycle that belonged to Pappas, according to the affidavit.

When police talked to Rinke, he appeared nervous, and his pants were wet from the thigh down. He told officers that his yard had been flooded and he had fallen down in the wet grass.

The security director told police that Pappas had last been at Quintiles on Aug. 22 and had not shown up for a scheduled follow-up appointment on Aug. 24.

Police reviewed surveillance video from Quintiles, which showed Pappas arriving at the company on the morning of Aug. 22 in a blue vehicle that looked like the vehicle driven by Rinke. She was seen leaving in the same vehicle a few hours later.

Officers once again questioned Rinke, who said she had never been in his vehicle, but later said she had. Police took a DNA sample from Rinke, but he was not arrested.

The next day, on Aug. 31, Overland Park detectives contacted Rinke at a truck stop in Emporia and took him to the Emporia Police Department where he agreed to give a statement.

According to the affidavit: Rinke told police that he and Pappas had been driving around on Aug. 22, bought alcohol and went to a park where they had consensual sex.

He later said that they talked about having sex, but she said no because he didn’t have a condom.

Rinke said he then forcibly had sex with her even though she begged him to stop.

He told police that he began punching her and believed that he had killed her. He said he left her in the park and “did not believe she would survive her injuries.”

Police found her body late on the night of Aug. 31 in a wooded area south of 115th Street, between Switzer Road and Indian Creek Parkway.

Rinke is being held on a bond of $1 million. His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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