WICHITA, Kan. — Authorities say they have released four men who were originally thought to be suspects in a California homicide.
It began Monday morning, when police in Windsor, California notified the Kansas Highway Patrol that they had pinged the cell phone of a suspect wanted in connection to a murder that happened just over a week ago.
At 10 a.m., it indicated the phone was on I-70 in Kansas. A ping again at 11 a.m. showed the phone close to Highway 50 near Newton.
Troopers and other law enforcement officers began searching the general area and soon located the suspects' vehicle.
They followed the car to Wichita, and pulled it over near 21st and Hillside around 11:20 a.m. with the assistance of Park City Police, Wichita Police and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. Four people in the car were taken into custody.
After an investigation, it was determined that the men were not suspects. However, sources in California tell us that one of the men in the car is an associate of those who attended a birthday party where a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in the chest.