Police hunch led to arrest in TV anchor's murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Police hunch led to arrest in TV anchor's murder

LITTLE ROCK, AR (WMC-TV) - A hunch ultimately lead to the arrest of the prime suspect in the murder of Little Rock television anchor Anne Pressly.

"I found my daughter beyond recognition with every bone in her face broken," Pressly's mother, Patti Cannady, said on NBC's Today Show Monday.

Patti and Guy Cannady were grateful Little Rock Police could connect the dots and find a suspect in their daughter's brutal death.  Anne Pressly couldn't help investigators find the person who beat her into a coma in late October. The KATV morning news anchor never regained consciousness. She died five days after police say Curtis Vance beat her inside her Little Rock home.

Her parents say he also sexually assaulted the former Action News 5 intern.

"They indicate that the gentleman had entered the home and their suspicion is that he was found, maybe woke Anne up and once she saw him, he felt compelled to beat her," Guy Cannady said.

 MORE INFORMATION: Click here to read the Affidavit of Arrest for Curtis Lavell Vance

Little Rock Police Lieutenant Terry Hastings said investigators immediately turned to the state Crime Lab to find a DNA match of evidence gathered in Pressly's home. 

Five weeks later, Hastings said, Marianna Police contacted his office with a hunch:  Marianna had a prime suspect in the rape of a local teacher attacked in her home six months earlier.

Little Rock Police then questioned Vance and convinced him to give them a DNA sample.

Hastings said the DNA matched both crime scenes.

"He took her life," Patti Cannady said.  "He took her identity. He took our lives.  Our lives have radically changed because of what has happened to Anne."

Police are tying up loose ends, and have not yet handed over the case to the prosecutor.

Action News 5 will continue to follow this story.

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