UPDATE: Dodd was sentenced to 25 years in prison in November 2022 after pleading guilty to amended charges of first-degree manslaughter, molesting a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. The original story as of June 5, 2020 is below.
The body of a New York woman was found Wednesday in a creek in Shelby County, Kentucky, and a man has been charged with her murder, according to state police.
A kayaker on Clear Creek in Shelbyville contacted authorities just before 3 p.m. Wednesday after discovering a body while fishing, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.
The victim was later identified as Liliana Moss, 28, of Nassau County, New York, according to police.
Police determined through an investigation that William Dodd, 28, of Anderson, Indiana, was responsible for Moss’s death, according to the release.
Dodd was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abusing a corpse, police said.
No further details were given and an investigation is ongoing.
Dodd was committed to the Shelby County Detention Center and later made a public defender. According to court documents, he was charged on June 9 and a preliminary hearing is set for June 18.
Michael Buszko, a friend of Moss’s, told The Courier Journal that she “standing up for the downtrodden and the helpless” and was a “social justice advocate[who]supported the LGBT community by both voice and action.”
Moss had moved from New York to New Jersey, Indiana and eventually to Kentucky, where she was living in Shelbyville with Dodd at the time of her death, Buszko said.
A creative person who loved to crochet and craft, Moss never lost her willingness to help and care for others, even when she was going through hard times herself, Buszko added.
“At her best, Liliana was a warm and caring person,” said Buszko. “She was one of those rare people who survived a lot of trauma while still maintaining a tremendous compassion for others.”
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This article originally appeared in Louisville Courier Journal: Police: New York Woman’s Body Found in Shelby County, Kentucky, Creek