Murdered Clarksville teen died from asphyxia - News, Weather & Sports

Murdered Clarksville teen died from asphyxia

Richard Hooten (Source: Clarksville Police Department) Richard Hooten (Source: Clarksville Police Department)

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The cause of death has been determined for a 17-year-old found dead in her apartment.

The Clark County Coroner said Tara Willenborg died from asphyxia, pending toxicology results and the medical examiner's complete report.

Police said Willenborg was found murdered early Saturday morning 700 block of Camden Court.
Detective Darrell Rayborn said police received a call from the victim's boyfriend after he found her dead inside her bedroom at Cambridge Square Apartments on Camden Drive in Clarksville.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Willenborg was sexually assaulted before she was killed. Thanks to some information from neighbors, police picked up Richard Hooten, 49, a few hours later and charged him with murder. Investigators found him walking on foot down Eastern Boulevard about a mile from the crime scene. According to the Indiana Sex Offender Registry, Hooten is convicted sex offender and there was warrant out for his arrest.

Investigators said Hooten and the teen were acquaintances who recently had met. According to the database, he was convicted of sexual battery and residential entry last year.

Police said it appeared the teen put up a fight before she was killed.

Hooten was lodged in the Clark County Jail.

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