Police find dead woman's car

1/24/2014

By KELTON BROOKS

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

Authorities have found the vehicle of a Garden City woman who was found dead Jan. 17 outside a Scott City motel.

Special Agent Mark Malick of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the gold 1999 Ford Taurus belonging to Sherree Kaye Smith, 20, Garden City, was "observed and called in" by a Garden City resident who had recognized it from a previous report and spotted it in a residential area.

The vehicle is in the custody of investigators, and Malick said the case is being investigated as a "suspicious" death until autopsy reports confirm what led to the victim's death.

At about 7 a.m. Jan. 17, a passing motorist saw Smith's body lying outside the Cowboy Cabins in Scott City. She was taken to the Scott County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The KBI issued a statewide press release about the investigation on Thursday, six days after authorities found Smith's body. Malick had no comment as to why there was a delay in releasing information.

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