Police: Teen killed by man met at counterculture gathering

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 6:40 AM CDT
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in Kentucky used dental records to identify the woman killed after attending this year's "Rainbow Family" counterculture gathering in a Georgia forest.

Elizabethtown police spokesman John Thomas tells news outlets 18-year-old Amber Robinson was found dead on July 7, and 20-year-old Joseph Bryan Capstraw admitted beating her to death. Thomas called Robinson's homicide "the most brutal" he'd seen, and said she couldn't be identified based on photographic evidence alone. Both Robinson and Capstraw were from Florida, where Robinson was in the foster care system and Capstraw was homeless in Jacksonville Beach.

Capstraw is being held on $1 million bond after being indicted for murder Thursday. Thomas says they met at the gathering and hitchhiked from the Chattahoochee National Forest; The driver let them stay at his home.

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