Murder suspect extradited to Kan. from Colombia

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man charged with killing a South Carolina doctor in suburban Kansas City is being held in the Johnson County jail after he was extradited from South America.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/Ut2xzX ) that 44-year-old John Meredith Hodges, of Ladson, S.C., was booked into the jail late Wednesday after authorities brought him back from Colombia.

Hodges was being sought on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 39-year-old Franchesca Brown, a pediatrician from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Police say she was attending a medical conference in Overland Park and was last seen Sept. 3. Her body was found Sept. 12 in a wooded area near the conference site.

A federal fugitive warrant was issued for Hodges after he flew to Colombia sometime after Brown was last seen.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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