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Richland Man Turns Himself In for Murdering Former Girlfriend

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Richland man turned himself in to police Wednesday night, telling officers that he believed he had just killed his former girlfriend.

Officers found the body of 32-year-old Rebeca Vandeventer on Wednesday night in her apartment on the 1100 block of Dos Palos Ct. in Richland.

A 911 call from a neighbor said three children, ages 2, 4 and 8, came to her door crying and told her their mother was dead.

"There definitely was a dead woman inside that suffered multiple stab wounds and that makes for a very complex crime scene," said Capt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

34-year-old Lawrence Miller turned himself in just a half an hour after the murder and admitted to police he killed his former girlfriend, Rebeca Vandeventer, with a steak knife.

"We received a call from another citizen that said that the suspect, in this case Lawrence Miller, had contacted her. She had told him, hey you need to go to the police department and turn yourself in. He'd driven around to a couple places in Richland and ultimately ended up in our front lobby," Cobb said.

Cobb says police continue to investigate the scene to see if Miller's confession holds up.

"From his appearance, he had evidence all over his body. So it was obvious he'd been involved in a significant crime of some kind," Cobb said.

Miller made his first appearance in court Thursday.

"I do find probable cause to hold you on the charge," said Judge Carrie Runge, Benton County Superior Court.

Miller will be held in jail without bail until his next court appearance.

Captain Cobb says the three children are with family members following the traumatic event.