Curt Mitchell arrested in Tanya Tandoc's murder

Curt Mitchell arrested in Tanya Tandoc's murder

The Wichita restaurateur was found dead in her home Thursday night.

Tanya Tandoc was found dead in her home Thursday night.

Popular Wichita restauranteur Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, was found dead in the basement of her home in the 200 block of south Minneapolis last night after police responded to a call of “concern about the welfare of an individual” just before 11 p.m. According to a Wichita police briefing at 10 a.m., officers knocked on the door of the home and talked with a 47-year-old man who lived at the residence.

Independent sources have said that local musician Curt Mitchell had been staying with Tandoc.

Shortly after returning to their cruiser, the man called 911 from the house to report that he had “killed his girlfriend.”

The officers outside the home received the call as the man emerged from the house. He repeated what he’d told the 911 operator, and he was immediately taken into custody. Backup units soon arrived to investigate and found Tandoc’s body in the basement area of the house. At 11:37 p.m., she was officially pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma and was later positively identified.

According to the WPD, the nature of the relationship is a matter of debate despite the suspect having referred to the victim as a “girlfriend.” Mitchell, who has no significant criminal history, lived in the basement area of the house in which the body was found. He was booked last night on first-degree murder.

According to friends of both Mitchell and Tandoc, the two were not in a relationship, but that in recent weeks Mitchell’s behavior had become increasingly erratic, making threatening phone calls to friends, disassociating from people on social media and had announced that he was going to sell all of his possessions at a yard sale (at Tandoc’s) and move to Tulsa.