A 17-year-old Moses Lake boy has been arrested in the kidnapping and shooting death of a motel night clerk.
Floyd Young was booked into the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center Wednesday night for investigation of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery, police said.
Police were called to a Super 8 Motel after the morning clerk reported to work Tuesday and found night clerk Hazle B. Alston, 41, missing, police said.
Officers found no evidence of a struggle at the motel but discovered that an office cash drawer was missing, Sgt. Dennis Duke said.
Police found Alston’s body near a boat launch about 1-1/2 miles from the hotel. She had been shot several times, Duke said.
Young was arrested about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday near his home.
Assistant Moses Lake Police Chief Dean Mitchell said police believed the motive for the crime was robbery.
Mitchell declined to release additional details.