Tournament of Roses volunteer arrested for allegedly killing fellow volunteer in 2004

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Members of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band on the field at Pasadena City College.

A former volunteer director for the Tournament of Roses, Richard Allen Munecke, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing a fellow volunteer in 2004.

Munnecke, now 71, was arrested at his Alhambra home on suspicion of murdering Donna Lee Kelly, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Bob Bishop.

Bishop says Kelly's daughter discovered the volunteer's body in the trunk of her car after she was missing for three weeks in 2004. The 59-year-old's cause of death was not immediately available Thursday.

Tournament of Roses Association chief William Flinn confirmed that the two volunteered for the Pasadena organization that helms the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game.

Bishop says Munnecke was linked to Kelly's death through DNA evidence.

Munnecke is being held on $1 million bail.

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