West Cocalico Township woman found murdered in North Carolina hotel; York County man charged: police | Local News
A West Cocalico Township woman was found dead in a North Carolina hotel on Monday, and police are looking for a York County man who has been charged with her murder, authorities say.
Suzanne Kauffman, 20, was found dead inside the Days Inn at 1500 Yadkinville Road in Mocksville, North Carolina, north of Charlotte, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. It was not immediately known how Kauffman died or how long she had been dead inside the hotel.
Kauffman was found in a room that had been rented by Quincy Cheeks Hannah, 26, of Windsor Township, York County, the sheriff’s office said.
Hannah has since been charged with murder in connection with Kaufman’s death, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators believe Hannah may currently be returning to Pennsylvania. He was last seen driving a light blue 2009 Toyota sedan with Pennsylvania license plates.
Hannah had not been found Wednesday night, Lt. Shawn Ruff said.
The sheriff’s office had no additional information to release about the investigation Wednesday night, Ruff said.
Kauffman and Hannah previously met in Mocksville, according to the press release.
Law enforcement was first called to the hotel around 9.50pm on Monday after being asked to help two people locate several missing phones. The phones were last known to be in Kauffman’s possession, and Kauffman was absent from a camp she had attended in neighboring Iredell County.
In a phone call with someone in possession of one of the phones, people were told to come to the hotel.
The phones were found along the road near a KFC restaurant about half a mile from the hotel, along with the key to a vehicle that was later determined to belong to Kauffman.
Kauffman’s vehicle was found in a parking lot behind the KFC.
Hannah previously pleaded guilty to burglary and common assault charges in York County in 2019 after ambushing his wife and holding a bleach-soaked rag to her face, according to a report from the York Daily Record. He was later arrested by US Marshals in California, according to the report, and court records show he was sentenced to one to two years in custody and one year probation for those offenses.
Anyone with information about the murder is urged to contact the Davie County Sheriff’s Office by phone at 336-751-6238 or by email at [email protected] Tips can be submitted on their website at dcsonc.com.