Dr. Thomas Burchard was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car

By Chris Harris
April 08, 2019 01:08 PM
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A California child psychiatrist who was found bludgeoned to death last month in the trunk of an abandoned car may have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the 25-year-old self-described Playboy model police allege killed him.

An arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE indicates that 71-year-old Dr. Thomas Burchard had recently paid the rent at Kelsey Turner’s Las Vegas apartment for the months of March, April, and June.

Turner was arrested on March 21 and charged with murder in Burchard’s death.

The doctor was found dead in the trunk of a blue Mercedes Benz on March 7 near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area in Las Vegas.

According to the warrant, Burchard’s blood was found throughout the inside of the vehicle, which Turner allegedly purchased through Craigslist last November.

Officers found his body underneath clothing and bedding. Police also allegedly found evidence that attempts were made to clean the vehicle.

Dr. Thomas Burchard, Kelsey Turner
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Burchard’s longtime girlfriend, Judy Earp, told KTNV she thought her boyfriend may have given Turner about $300,000 over the years.

Earp did not say why, and at this point, police have yet to comment on how the victim and his alleged killer are connected.

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KTNV reports Turner is pregnant — a claim PEOPLE was unable to independently verify.

Speaking to KSBW, Earp said her boyfriend was “overly compassionate” and added he’s given money to about a half a dozen women over the last 17 years.

Kelsey Turner
Kelsey Turner/Instagram

“Kelsey wasn’t the first person he helped, [but] unfortunately, the last,” Earp added.

Both her Facebook profile and Instagram account state Turner is a model who has previously posed for Playboy.

PEOPLE reached out to Playboy Monday for confirmation but received no immediate response.

An autopsy determined Burchard died from blunt force trauma to the head, with the manner ruled a homicide.

PEOPLE was unable to determine if Turner has an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

According to reports, Burchard was a respected child psychiatrist with an affinity for magic.