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Suspect Sought in Anchorwoman’s Death

Alex Constantine - October 28, 2008

UPDATE: Accused killer arrested and charged.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 27) - Police said Monday they have information they hope will lead them to the killer of a television anchorwoman who died days after a brutal attack in her home.

Police said they do not yet know the suspect's identity, and would not say what evidence they have linking the person to the attack on Anne Pressly, 26, who died Saturday. Her mother found her badly beaten on the morning of Oct. 20 when Pressly did not answer her regular wake-up call.

"We do have an individual. The suspect has not been arrested," police spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said.

Reports last week said one of Pressly's credit cards was used Oct. 20 at a service station near downtown Little Rock. Investigators have said she may have been a robbery victim, and that her job did not appear to have had anything to do with the attack. Pressly's purse was missing the morning of the attack.

Davis said police wouldn't comment on evidence obtained so far but added, "We hope that we will be able to make an arrest from the information that we have received."

Chief Stuart Thomas said Monday that his officers had been in contact with the FBI, the state police and the U.S. Marshals Service. He said in a statement that his department has withheld specific information in an effort to keep the investigation focused but that it would release information if it believed it would help detectives or keep the community safe.

Previously, police said there was no sign of forced entry at Pressly's home, a small wood-frame house near the Little Rock Country Club. Davis said officers were returning to the scene as needed in a search for more evidence.

Pressly's employer, KATV, established a reward fund for information. The station said Pressly's family has asked that contributions be made to the fund in lieu of flowers.

Pressly had a small role as a conservative commentator in the new Oliver Stone movie "W."

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