Warrant has more details about 2 additional suspects sought in Calif. doctor’s death

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A declaration of warrant released Thursday by the Clark County Justice Court revealed more details about why police are looking for two additional people in the homicide of a California psychiatrist.

Thomas Burchard’s body was found near Lake Mead on March 7.  The Clark County Coroner said 71-year-old Bouchard, who was from Salinas, California, died from blunt force injuries to his head.

According to Metro Police, the suspects, in this case, are as followed:

  • Kelsey Turner
  • Jon Logan Kennison
  • Diana Nicole Pena

Turner, 25, was apprehended by police in Stockton, California in late March. She is still waiting to be extradited back to Las Vegas.

Her extradition was delayed after authorities found out she was pregnant.

Kennison and Pena are still at large.

Everything unfolded on March 7, when someone called 9-1-1 to report a 2017 Mercedes Benz C300 with California plates parked in the desert area of State Route 147 (Lake Mead Boulevard) near mile marker 14 in eastern Clark County.

The car looked suspicious because it was along a dirt road and the windows were rolled down, but there wasn’t anyone in the car.

When law enforcement officers arrived and ran the car’s plates, it was registered out of San Francisco, and the vehicle had not been reported stolen. The warrant report said the car was in Turner’s possession because she took over the payments, but it was registered under someone else’s name.

When officers opened the trunk, they saw clothes and bedding all over it, but they also detected a foul odor, the warrant report said.  When the clothes were moved around, officers found a body part.

On the front passenger seat, Metro Police detectives found blue latex gloves and remnants of small defects or tears to the headliner. There was also blood on the driver’s seat headrest and in the backseat, along with small defects of tears to the headliner, the warrant said.

They also found prints, swabs of possible DNA, clothing with blood on it, Bouchard’s vest and house keys, and a Caesars Palace employee card for Diana Pena.  Metro said it looked like someone tried to clean up evidence in the car.

The body in the trunk was soon identified as that of Burchard.

Burchard’s long-time girlfriend Judy Earp told 8 News NOW Burchard came to Las Vegas on March 1 and was supposed to return to California on March 4, so when he didn’t and when she couldn’t get in touch with him she called the police to report him missing.

The warrant said Earp told Metro detectives that she knew Burchard was in Las Vegas visiting Turner, but she also thought he had early stages of Alzheimer’s, and feared Turner and her boyfriend may have murdered him.

Before his body was discovered in the trunk of his car, Metro Police went by a Turner’s home where Burchard was staying to do a welfare check, but he was not there.

After officers obtained a search warrant, detectives went back to Turner’s home and saw what had looked like someone was moving out. Police also smelled a strong odor of ammonia in the garage, along with blood, footprints, cleaning supplies and evidence that some tried to clean up the garage floor.

A bedroom door that looked like someone had busted through it.  

Based on Burchard’s cell phone records, the last activity on his phone was on March 3 at 10:41 p.m. It was pinged in the area of I-15 and Silverado Ranch Boulevard.

Fast forward to March 14 when a homicide detective met with Caesars Palace personnel to follow up on finding Diana Nicole Pena’s employee card.  Hotel staff told police Pena worked her last shift as a bartender for the establishment on March 6.

On March 15, an arrest warrant was issued for Pena on the charge of open murder.

On March 19, homicide detectives found out Pena checked into the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on March 4. She checked out on March 6, and her check out date was March 9th.  On March 9 when housekeeping went to Pena’s room, they found her property, but she was gone.

On March 21, police followed up with a search warrant to go through the property left in Pena’s hotel room.  Officers found five pieces of paper with Burchard’s handwriting, Turner’s Nevada driver’s license, and several prescription bottles with Pena’s name on them. The papers with Burchard’s handwriting were later discovered to be taken from his planner where he kept meticulous financial notes and passwords.

The warrant report said a man Turner had hired to clean the home saw Pena scrubbing a red stain from the garage floor when he arrived.

The report said Burchard met Turner’s boyfriend, Logan Kennison, for the first time on March 2. That was the day when at some point, Turner got into an argument with someone, and Burchard offered to give her ride to get her out of the situation, the report said.

They left, but eventually returned to the home. The report said Kennison was upset Turner returned to the home with Burchard.

On April 4, Metro detectives learned from forensics that Pena and Kennison’s fingerprints were the ones found in the car where Burchard’s body was found.

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