John Meredith Hodges
Suspected in the death of Franchesca D. Brown Sept. 3 in Overland Park.
- Sept. 17 2012
- First-degree murder, eight counts of identity theft, one count of computer crime and two charges of credit card fraud
Franchesca D. Brown, a pediatrician from Myrtle Beach, S.C., was in Overland Park to attend a medical conference at the Hawthorne Suites Hotel. She was last seen accompanied by a man at a Sept. 3 opening social gathering for the conference. Her family called police Sept. 9 after she didn't return home as scheduled. Her body was found Sept. 12 in a wooded area near the hotel. A federal fugitive warrant was issued for John Meredith Hodges of Ladson, S.C., and he was arrested in Colombia. Hodges and Brown had an off-and-on relationship and he attended the conference with her. He flew to Colombia after Brown was last seen. Overland Park police waited to announce Brown's death until Hodges was in custody.
Police have cleared this case.