Independence man arrested following murder of girlfriend

INDEPENDENCE (Jan. 6) — Independence police chief Harry Smith has confirmed that a 41-year-old Independence man was arrested early Monday and will be recommended on a charge of murder in the death of his girlfriend.

Arrested was Russell McQueen Arndt, age 41, of 217 S. 2nd. Found dead at the same address early Monday morning was Arndt’s girlfriend, Rebecca Ann Whittley, age 35. More details to follow.

(The above story is a corrected version of an earlier posting)

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