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Phoenix woman accused of killing runaway and dumping body

Lorenda Gean Ritter (Maricopa County jail)

Lorenda Gean Ritter (Maricopa County jail)

PHOENIX — Authorities say a woman is accused of fatally strangling a runaway in her Phoenix apartment and wrapping the victim's body in plastic before dumping it in the trash.

Phoenix police say 29-year-old Lorenda Gean Ritter is jailed on a $750,000 bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and concealing a dead body.

They say Ritter drove detectives to the trash container where the body was found.

Police say a possible motive for the killing remains isn't known yet.

They haven't publicly identified the victim, but court records state that she was an 18-year-old runaway from California who had been reported missing by her family.

It was unclear Monday if Ritter has a lawyer for her case.

Her next scheduled court appearance is an Aug. 21 preliminary hearing.

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