Suspect in Bradley County woman's death in custody in Kansas jail on fugitive-from-justice warrant

Warrant stems from theft of vehicle sought in woman's disappearance

Photo contributed by the Douglas County (Kan.) Sheriff's Office / Guy William O'Connell, 44, of Rhea County, Tenn.

A Rhea County, Tennessee, man described by authorities as a suspect in a Bradley County woman's death is in custody in Kansas awaiting extradition on a fugitive-from-justice warrant.

Guy William O'Connell, 44, of Rhea County, is being held in the Douglas County, Kansas, jail after being taken into custody on Aug. 25, according to Douglas County jail records and officials. Lawrence, Kansas, police made the arrest, Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Hethcoat said.

The fugitive warrant was issued out of Bradley County in connection with a theft.

O'Connell's arrest was several days before a body later identified as that of 34-year-old Amber Renee Monday was found in a shallow grave on Dayton Mountain in Rhea County, according to 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor.

O'Connell, who has waived his right to an extradition hearing, will return to Tennessee and is now suspected of being linked to that discovery, Taylor said Wednesday.