Man charged in Elizabethtown homicide met victim in Georgia, told witness 'I killed her'

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabethtown Police say a man has been charged in a homicide that happened early Saturday morning.

According to an arrest report, 20-year-old Joseph Capstraw was arrested Saturday around 11:30 a.m. and charged with murder.

Elizabethtown Police tell WDRB officers responded Saturday just before 2 a.m. to the 500 block of Joan Avenue on a call about a suspicious person. Officials say when officers arrived, they found a woman's body.

Police said while officers were investigating a suspicious call in the area of McCullum Avenue, police found Capstraw with a witness. According to the witness, Capstraw said "I killed her."

Officers were led to Joan Avenue, where the victim's body was found, according to police.

Investigators say Capstraw waived his rights and said he was alone with the victim. Authorities say "following a verbal altercation with the female, he blacked out. Police say when he came to, Capstraw saw the victim was "badly beaten."

Capstraw had several injuries on his hands and said he had beaten the victim to death, according to police.   

In a press release, the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office in Georgia asked the public for help in identifying the female victim. 

Capstraw reportedly met the victim at an "alternatives lifestyle" gathering held in the county. The two were seen hitchhiking from the event.

The sheriff's office said in an update Sunday that although the victim had been identified with the help of social media from the posting of the press release on Facebook, they would be unable to share her identity until receiving further notice from Elizabethtown Police. 

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