Man charged in Casey Crowder slaying makes first appearance

ARKANSAS CITY, Ark. (AP) - The man accused in the slaying of 17-year-old Casey Crowder has made his first court appearance before a judge in Arkansas City.

The judge ordered 46-year-old truck driver Kenneth Osburn of McGehee held without bond. Prosecutor Thomas Deen is to file formal capital murder and kidnapping today against Osburn.

Casey ran out of gas early on August 27th on U-S 65 near Dumas and disappeared. Her body was found September second.

Osburn was arrested Thursday after authorities said he was linked to Casey's death from a DNA sample and other evidence. Investigators credited interviews with residents and surveillance tapes from area businesses for helping in the arrest.

Deen says Osburn was employed by USA Trucking of Van Buren as an over-the-road driver -- a job that has taken Osburn across the country. But investigators impounded a pickup truck for a time to gather evidence from it.

Two other Arkansas police agencies have asked to explore whether unsolved crimes can be solved by Osburn's arrest. But authorities say there were NO immediate hits that linked Osburn to other cases.

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