PARK CITY — A woman softly calling for help and a trail of blood led police to a gruesome crime scene.
Two search warrant affidavits unsealed Wednesday in 3rd District Court provide new details into what Park City police found when they arrived at the Park Regency Resort, 1710 Prospector Ave., about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 2 on a report of a disturbance. Ultimately, investigators found the body of Keri "KC" McClanahan, 28, inside a room and arrested her husband, Anthony McClanahan, 46, who was charged with murder, a first-degree felony.
A guest of the hotel called police early that morning after seeing a man "crawling around and screaming for help" and said "the male had started on the third floor and ended up on the second floor," according to the warrants.
The woman also reported "she had heard a female calling out in a soft voice for help," the warrants state.
About the same time, an officer happened to be driving by the hotel and was flagged down by Anthony McClanahan.
He stood up to wave down the officer, then got back on his stomach, "convulsing and making a 'snow angel' motion with his arms," according to charging documents.
McClanahan, who was bleeding and had cuts on his face, neck, arms and stomach, claimed that two or three men had attacked him and his wife, the charges state.
As officers began searching the property, they "observed a blood trail leading from Mr. McClanahan's position outside back into the hotel. The blood trail followed the path through the small courtyard to a small tree that appeared to have been damaged. (The witness) reported the male had climbed down the tree from the second floor to the ground floor, causing the damage to the tree. Officers also found small amounts of blood outside of the elevator on the second level as well as inside the elevator," the affidavits state.
After a "lengthy search" of the complex, police found an open door with blood on it and the on floor, and discovered KC McClanahan's body inside just before 2:40 a.m., according to court documents. She had been stabbed multiple times on her neck, and investigators noted her body had several defensive wounds. A paracord bracelet knife, believed to be KC McClanahan's, was found on the floor near her hand, police say.
Seven knives were found in the room, including a "large knife in (a) black colored sheath," the warrant states. Rooms at the hotel come with a fully equipped kitchen. Blood stains were found in multiple areas of the room, according to police, and a man's ring was also recovered.
Anthony McClanhan had rented a room at the hotel on Oct. 23, and was scheduled to check out on Nov. 6, the charges state.
The couple was married in January. They later moved to Arizona where friends on social media say allegations of abuse surfaced.
Anthony McClanahan is also charged with child kidnapping, a first-degree felony, in 3rd District Court stemming from the custody dispute with another woman.
He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in court on his murder charge on Monday.2 comments on this story
McClanahan grew up in California where he played football for Bakersfield High School. He went on to play as a linebacker at Washington State. While he had prospects to play with the Dallas Cowboys, he was cut from the team prior to the 1994 regular season and never played a game in the NFL. He went on to play for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League from 1995 to 1998.
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