UPDATE | Dangerous water conditions holds off search for Wyoming Co. woman's body


Phillip Walters was arrested Wednesday.

UPDATE: Officials say the search for Haley Lorenzen's body in Wyoming County was suspended Friday due to dangerous water conditions.

If conditions improve, the search will resume Saturday.

Phillip Walters, 31, was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing Lorenzen and disposing of her body.


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ORIGINAL STORY: Police in Wyoming County have arrested a man for killing his girlfriend.

They still don't have her body, but say someone confessed to help covering up the crime.

31-year-old Phillip Walters is behind bars.

Tunkhannock Township Police say he killed his 24-year-old girlfriend, Haley Lorenzen, just days before the new year.

Walters originally told police Lorenzen was missing and they launched a search effort to find her. New evidence suggested he was the one behind her death.

Police say a woman, who also had a sexual relationship with Walters, told them he killed Lorenzen on December 30th.

She says he choked her and hit her in the head with a hammer.

Officers tell us the woman, whose name has not been released, helped Walters dispose of the body.

She told them they attached bags of rocks to Lorenzen's body.. then threw it off a bridge in Falls and into the Susquehanna River near route 92.

Folks who live in town say it's a bizarre turn of events.

"This is a relaxed town...It's not like that at all around here," Kyle Jacques said.

Though police now have their suspect, their focus is still on finding the victim. Dive teams were out searching the river all day.

"I would like to be able to report back to the family that we have found their loved one. It's very important and I think we have the opportunity to do that," Chief Edward Morristell said.

Police say if anyone has any information to call them. They have not yet said what charges the woman involved may face.


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