Woman arrested for murder

John Richmeier
Alexandra Gilson

A Leavenworth woman was arrested for an allegation of murder in what the police chief says may have been a case of domestic violence.

The woman was arrested Friday for an allegation of second-degree murder.

The body of Joshua Gilson, 37, was found Friday evening inside his Leavenworth home located in the 800 block of Kiowa Street.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said officers initially went to the home at about 1 p.m. Friday to check on Gilson. Gilson's employer had contacted the police after he did not show up for work that day. Officers were unable to get inside the residence at that time.

Police responded to the residence again at about 3 p.m. Friday after a family member reported finding evidence of a serious crime at the residence.

Officers arrived and took two people into custody – a 31-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man.

Three children, a 4-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl, also were at the house. They were taken into protective custody and placed with family members.

After police obtained a search warrant, they found Gilson's remains at the residence.

"The primary focus of the investigation is domestic violence," Kitchens said.

Kitchens is not commenting about the cause of Gilson's death, but he said it seemed obvious to police and this was confirmed by an autopsy.

He said police are still sorting through what led up to the homicide.

Kitchens said the 31-year-old woman was arrested for the murder allegation. The 36-year-old man was arrested for an allegation of obstruction.

The Times is withholding the names of the suspects until confirmation of formal charges.