Model Arrested After Being Accused of Brutally Murdering 71-Yr-Old Psychiatrist

March 29, 2019Mar 29, 2019

A 25-year-old California woman has been arrested for the murder of a child psychiatrist. The self-described Playboy model was brought into custody after the body of the psychiatrist was found in a car that was abandoned in the desert, reported PEOPLE. 

Las Vegas Police confirm Kelsey Nichole Turner was arrested in Stockton, California, on March 21. She is awaiting extradition to Nevada where she stands accused of killing Thomas Burchard, a 71-year-old Salinas, California, man.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the arrest. At this time. Turner has been charged with one count of murder.

Both her Facebook profile and Instagram account state she is a model who has previously posed for Playboy. According to PEOPLE, they have not received any confirmation from Playboy that she actually modeled for them.

According to police, Burchard’s body was found on March 7 in the trunk of car that had been abandoned in a desert area east of Las Vegas. An autopsy determined Burchard died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Police have yet to disclose how they came to identify Turner as a suspect. The model's mother said that they had known each other for numerous years, according to the New York Post.

The Post also says that Burchard even paid for a rental home in Salinas where the blond lived with her mother and children.

"A source told the station that Turner moved to Las Vegas after Burchard stopping paying rent on the home. Burchard, meanwhile, had met Turner online and had been giving her up to 'four thousand dollars a week, easily,'" said The Post.

Turner has not yet entered a plea to the charge. It was unclear Friday if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

According to reports, Burchard was a respected child psychiatrist with an affinity for magic. His longtime girlfriend, Judy Earp, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he would often perform tricks for his young patients.

“Whoever did this is just soulless,” Earp told the paper.

Anyone with any information about the killing is urged to call Las Vegas police at 702-828-3521.