Lafayette County authorities identified Annicka Marie Martinez as the woman found in a burning car on January 12. Detectives there are now investigating Martinez' death as a homicide.
Kansas City, Kansas, police had been looking for the 31-year-old Martinez. They wanted to talk to her about the death of Javier Reynoza.
Reynoza, 37, was shot to death in the 1700 block of Central Avenue on January 2. Wyandotte County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Ruben Richardson with second-degree murder in connection with Reynoza's death.
Authorities say Martinez was identified "by a forensic odontologist from Omaha, Nebraska."
But we already knew the victim's name thanks to Killa City readers.
On January 21, someone posting under the name "some other girl" commented on a Killa City post titled "Annicka Martinez wanted for questioning in death of Javier Reynoza," writing:
Three days later, "some other girl" wrote again:
I heard she is dead that speedy killed her and put her in the trunk
of a car and burned it in lafayette county mo. So tell kck to look
there for her
This speedy person killed her because she saw him shoot Javier and he didnt want her tell on himAt 3:17 a.m. today, a commenter using the name "someone" posted on a post titled, "Woman's body found in burning car in Lafayette County":
her name was annicka martinez
A minute later, the commenter wrote on a different post, this one titled "Lafayette County authorities seek help in identifying woman's body found in trunk of burning car":
annicka martinez...pretty sure this is/was her
If you have a tip about Martinez' death -- and it sounds like some of
you do -- call the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office at 660-259-3622,
anonymously at 660-259-6789 or the TIPS Hotline 816-474-8477.