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Brittany Clardy, woman found dead inside towed vehicle, was a prostitute, police say [UPDATE]

Palmer (left) has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of Clardy (right).
Palmer (left) has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of Clardy (right).

:::: UPDATE :::: Alberto Palmer told police he killed Brittany Clardy during postcoital "tussle"

Authorities have arrested Alberto Palmer, 23, in connection with the death of Brittany Clardy, the 18-year-old St. Paul woman who was found dead inside a car at a Columbia Heights impound lot last month.

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Next to no details about the circumstances of Clardy's death and Palmer's arrest have been released, though a press conference about the case is scheduled for this afternoon at 3 p.m.

Clardy left her St. Paul home on February 11 and simply vanished. The Star Tribune tells what we know about the sad story thus far from there:

On Feb. 13, the car that her body was later found in was towed from a Brooklyn Park apartment complex to an impound lot in Columbia Heights by a company that the apartment complex contracts with to remove unauthorized vehicles. Last Thursday, eight days after the car was towed, her body was found "concealed inside the passenger compartment," according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the death along with police in Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights and St. Paul.

And the Pioneer Press conveys what we know right now about Palmer's arrest:

Palmer's arrest came after detectives issued search warrants Wednesday, March 6, in Woodbury and Brooklyn Park, which yielded evidence that gave probable cause to arrest Palmer, [a press release] said.

The suspect was wanted in the Atlanta, Ga., area for kidnapping, false imprisonment, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree assault.

In an interview with KSTP , a neighbor of Clardy's characterized Brittany as "a beautiful young girl, always laughing and smiling, and always had friends around. And she'd always wave."

KSTP also provides a few biographical details about Clardy:

For several years, Clardy worked with kids at the after school program at the North Dale Recreation Center in St. Paul.

"She was a very nice girl, she worked up at the playground with other children," Ksiazek said. Clardy was a student at Highland Park Senior High School until January 2012. School officials say she was very social, well-known and well-liked. Students and staff remembered her wonderful sense of humor.

:::: UPDATE ::::

During a news conference today, Anoka County authorities said their investigation revealed Brittany Clardy was working as a prostitute at the time of her death.

According to authorities, Clardy had posted online ads soliciting johns, and Alberto Palmer was one of her clients.

Investigators said they hope Clardy's sad story will serve as an example of how dangerous it is to get involved with online prostitution.

Palmer has "made some admissions" with regard to Clardy's disappearance and death, authorities said.


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