- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - The death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found in the garage of a Town of Beloit man appears to be linked to online sexual advertising, authorities say.

Investigators believe the 38-year-old man killed Brandy L. Carroll, of Beloit, after meeting her through the website backpage.com, the Janesville Gazette reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1KVqfgA ). He’s expected to make his initial court appearance and be formally charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said the case illustrates the potential for tragedy arising from Internet sex ads.

“With the Internet, there is a Wild West out there. . People are involving themselves with individuals who are misleading them at best and then putting their lives at risk,” Spoden told the newspaper.

Investigators arrested the suspect Friday in the Rock County Jail, where he’d been held on a charge of resisting an officer and a probation hold since the incident at his home May 9.

According to a news release, the suspect brought Carroll to his home early that morning. It said they became involved in a “physical altercation” at some point that ended in the basement, where Carroll died. Spoden said she suffered stab wounds and blunt trauma.

Officers went to the home after getting a call from an out-of-state relative of the suspect, who said he was told there had been a fight in the basement, that there was a lot of blood and that he would be on the run, according to search warrant documents.

Officers searching the residence discovered Carroll’s body after looking through a garage window, the news release said. Officers tried to handcuff the man, who tried to flee, the statement said. It said the suspect indicated he had intended to dispose of the body later because he had to work that morning.

The sheriff said he’ll sit down with his staff in the next few days to discuss how they might deal with the problem of Internet sex ads.

“You really don’t know who you are involving yourself with,” he warned. “Anybody who advertises on there or seeks people out on there, I would be willing to say their intentions are not honorable, and this is not something you want to be involved with.”


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.com

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