A Washington man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of a male-to-female (MtF) who went missing in June 2019.
Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, was reported missing after planning to meet up with David Bogdanov, 25, on Snapchat. Kuhnhausen was last seen alive on June 6.
On Dec. 7, a hiker discovered human skeletal remains in a remote area of Larch Mountain in Clark County, according to Crimeonline.com.
The remains were later identified as Kuhnhausen, according to KPTV. Bogdonov told investigators in early October that he and Kuhnhausen had gotten into a dispute, and he kicked the teenager out of his car. He said that was the last he’d seen of Kuhnhausen.
But police now believe Bogdonov strangled Kuhnhausen after he found out he was born a male.
“We suspect that there was probably some interaction where, and by his own admission, that he determined that … she was transgender,” said Vancouver police Lieutenant Tom Ryan.
Ryan added that cross-dressing was offensive to Bogdonov’s culture.
Cell phone records revealed, on June 6, Bogdonov’s phone was in the same remote area where Kuhnhausen’s remains were later found.