The 25-year-old man is charged with murdering an 18-year-old transgender girl who became friends with Snapchat and killed in the woods after telling him that she was born male.
- 25-year-old David Bogdanov is charged with second-degree murder for the murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen (18), who was last seen in June in October
- Telephone records take Bogdanov to an area where her remains have been discovered
- Bogdonov reportedly told the police that he met with her and they had a conflict.
- Her Snapchat account showed that she had spoken to him when she disappeared on June 5
- The police believe he asked her to get out of his car after learning that she was born male
A man was charged with murdering an 18-year-old transgender girl, the remains of which were found in a wooded area after she disappeared in June.
Vancouver police in Washington arrested David Bogdanov on Tuesday. He was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Nikki Kuhnhausen, who last spoke to her family on June 5, KPTV reported.
Nikki's friends reportedly told investigators that she was with a friend on the night of June 5, but had gone to meet a man, KOIN-TV reported.
David Bogdanov (picture) was charged with second degree murder for the death of Nikki Kuhnhausen
A man was charged with murdering a transgender teen named Nikki Kuhnhausen (pictured), the remains of which were found in a wooded area after she disappeared in June
Nikki's friends reportedly told investigators that she was with a friend on the night of June 5, but had gone to meet a man, KOIN-TV reported
According to the investigators, her Snapchat report revealed that she was communicating with a man named Bogdanov, 25, in the early morning hours of June 6.
Bogdonov told the detectives that he spent time with her in early June and that they "had a conflict".
He told them that he later asked her to get out of his van and that she left and that he didn't see her after that time.
Bogdanov confirmed that he had met Nikki and driven her in his vehicle, the Vancouver police said.
He is said to have been "really upset" when he discovered that Kuhnhausen was born a man and that this was a factor in her death.
A hiker found a human skull in the forests of the Lärchenberg on December 7th. Forensic results later confirmed that it was Nikki Kuhnhausen's remains.
Lieutenant Tom Ryan of the Vancouver Crime Police Department said to KATU2, "We suspect that there was likely to be an interaction in which he stated – and claims to be – that he was a transgender, and he explained that he was Was transgender – that was offensive to his culture and he asked her to get out of his van.
Lieutenant Ryan added: “The cause of death is always found by the doctor's office.
Investigators claimed that Kuhnhausen stayed with friends on the night of June 5 and went to meet with an unknown man
Bogdanov confirmed that he had met Nikki and driven her in his vehicle, the Vancouver police said
A hiker found a human skull in the forests of the Lärchenberg on December 7th. Forensic results later confirmed that it was Nikki Kuhnhausen's remains
"There was some evidence that at least points to the potential of strangulation."
Bogdanov was arrested on Tuesday and detained for second degree murder in Clark County prison. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp told The Oregonian that the police were unsure how the two met or how long they knew each other.
She said they think Bogdanov asked Kuhnhausen to get out of his car after he found out that she was a transgender.
Detectives received a search warrant for Bogdanov's cell phone call in July and tracked his location data.
Her exact cause of death has not been released by medical examiners, but is suspected to have been strangled.
Kapp said that medical examiners have not yet released Kuhnhausen's cause of death.
It was found that he was near the area in eastern Clark County where she disappeared on June 6th.
Vancouver police were assisted by the FBI to investigate cell phone records that were kept in the area where their remains were discovered and where they are believed to have disappeared in June.
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