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St. Paul woman killed involved in prostitution, suspect to be charged Friday

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The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the St. Paul woman found dead in a Columbia Heights impound lot worked as a prostitute and her alleged murderer was a client.

Brittany Clardy, 18, was reported missing on Feb. 11. Her car was towed from a Brooklyn Park apartment complex two days later. It would be more than a week until her body was discovered inside the car.

Commander Paul Sommer says Clardy posted ads soliciting prostitution on Backpage.com, an online classified website.

Officers from several departments spent nearly two weeks interviewing potential witnesses and tracking Clardy's electronic footprint. Search warrants executed at residences in Brooklyn Park and Woodbury lead the arrest of 23-year-old Alberto Prece Palmer.

Palmer is currently being held in the Anoka County Jail. Murder charges are expected Friday.

Inspector Todd Milburn with the Brooklyn Park Police Department says evidence indicates the crime took place in the 8400 block of Brunswick Avenue North in Brooklyn Park. Clardy's car was towed from an apartment building in the 7800 block of Zane Avenue North, about a mile away.

Specific details on events that led up to the murder will likely be included in court documents expected to be released Friday.

Palmer is a fugitive from Georgia and has several warrants for kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.

KSTP has video from Thursday's news conference:

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