Lanham said local police responded to the scene first and found the man sitting naked with a pile of clothes at his side. The officer then placed the man in the back of his cruiser due to the cold weather conditions, Lanham said.
After that, the police officer went to the second floor of the apartment building to the man's residence and discovered the door to the apartment was open.
Lanham said the officer discovered Creech's body in the front bedroom of the apartment, and noted she had sustained several stab wounds.
It's unknown at this time how long the victim had been deceased before the officer reached the scene, said Lanham, and investigators from the state police planned to canvass the area and speak to neighbors in an attempt to create a time frame. It did appear the altercation that resulted in Courtney Creech's death occurred at some point early Wednesday morning.
Lanham said the man KSP had in custody was taken to Fort Logan Hospital for mental evaluation and appeared to not have sustained any physical harm.
In addition to the murder charge, the man will also face counts of menacing and endangering himself and others, Lanham said.
The victim's name wasn't released until next of kin had been notified. Courtney Creech's mother currently resides in Detroit, where her husband is seeking special treatment for cancer.
Hodge, also confirming Courtney Creech had been married to the man residing in apartment since July, said this case was especially difficult for him.
Courtney Creech was a long-time Garrard County resident and even graduated from high school with one of his sons, he said.
Lanham confirmed the man in custody to be originally from Lincoln County.
Spurlin, confirming Luther Creech to be man living in the apartment, said the two had lived in the building together for more than two years. The day's events appeared to shock the complex owner.
"They were good people," said Spurlin. "It's unfortunate what happened."
Spurlin said that as far as she knew there were no previous altercations in the apartment between the two.
Courtney Creech worked as a circulation clerk at the Garrard County Public Library, the library's director Laura McWilliams confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
McWilliams said she had worked there for less than a month, but staff recognized her as a "really hard worker."
Hodge expected to take Courtney Creech's body to Frankfort for a formal autopsy late Wednesday.
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