HOMER (AP) — A Utah man has been accused of raping, torturing and murdering a vulnerable adult when he lived in Alaska.
Kirby F. Calderwood, 32, was arrested Monday by police in Ogden, Utah, the Homer Police Department said. He was charged Saturday in Alaska with first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the death of Anesha "Duffy" Murnane, the Homer News reported.
Murnane went missing Oct. 17, 2019, when she set out for a mile walk from her apartment to a Homer medical clinic for an appointment but was never seen again.
Authorities allege Calderwood picked her up and drove her to the unoccupied home of his then-girlfriend's parents, where he assaulted and tortured her for hours before killing her. The girlfriend was out of town, according to an affidavit from an investigator with the police department.
Murnane's body has not been recovered.
Calderwood is being held on $1 million bail in Utah. Authorities say he lived in Homer at the time Murnane disappeared and knew her from working at her supported housing complex and other social programs.
His attorney, Michael Bouwhuis in Ogden, did not immediately return a call Tuesday to The Associated Press seeking comment.
Police said Calderwood was already a person of interest and interviewed about the case in 2021 before a tipster called Kenai Peninsula Crimestoppers in Alaska in April, saying he talked to them about the kidnapping and death of Murnane.
The tipster also said Calderwood had a woman's Timex watch he took from the victim. When Ogden police executed a search warrant at Calderwood's home, they said they found a Timex that matched a description that Murnane's parents gave police.
Ogden police said they also found one of the missing person flyers distributed with Murnane's photo on it.
Calderwood fled to Utah after being questioned by detectives in Alaska, Utah prosecutors said in court documents.