Woman killed in Springs hotel was Kansas soldier; suspect is Fort Carson soldier arrested in N.C.

Victim died from strangulation, blunt force injury

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Authorities say a woman found dead in a Colorado hotel was an Army corporal from Fort Riley, Kan., and another soldier believed to be her boyfriend is being held in North Carolina on suspicion of murder.

Police said Tuesday that 28-year-old Kimberly Walker had been strangled and had a blunt force injury.

Colorado Springs police responded to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Circle Drive about 6:30 Sunday morning for a "check the well being" call, KRDO-TV reported. When they arrived, they found Walker's body in the room they were checking.

Army Sgt. Montrell Lamar Anderson Mayo, who was stationed at Fort Carson outside Colorado Springs, surrendered to police in Greenville, N.C., Sunday. The 24-year-old Mayo is originally from Greenville and still has family there, according to officers. 

 An arrest warrant affidavit quotes other soldiers as saying Walker was Mayo's girlfriend and that she had come from Fort Riley to see Mayo.

Mayo is being held without bail. Colorado prosecutors have begun the process of extraditing him.

Walker was assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion and served as a petroleum supply specialist.  A Fort Riley spokesperson told KRDO that Walker joined the military in 2004 and deployed to Iraq in 2010.  Walker was originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.