Tanya Tandoc, owner of popular Wichita restaurant Tanya's Soup Kitchen, was found dead late Thursday evening. A man claiming to be Tandoc's boyfriend confessed to her murder, reports KAKE-TV.
Two police officers reportedly were dispatched to Tandoc's home and found 47-year-old Curtis Mitchell, who said he lived in the basement. After the officers returned to their car, Mitchell called 911 and confessed to the crime. He was arrested and booked on a first-degree murder charge. Officers then found Tandoc's body inside the basement.
The restaurant, which is temporarily closed, posted a statement on its Facebook page.
All of us in the Tanya's Soup Kitchen family are deeply grieved by the tragic loss of our visionary leader Tanya Tandoc. We know she was loved by many in our community and beyond and our hearts go out to you. We are committed to ensuring her legacy lives on by continuing to serve you with the same quality you have come to expect from her dream restaurant-made reality in Tanya's Soup Kitchen. After closing for a brief time to mourn, we will reopen. Please come celebrate Tanya's life, share your stories of her over a bowl of soup and help ensure her vision continues for years to come. With much sadness and love in our hearts, Kelly Rae, Sarah O, and the Tanya's Soup Kitchen Family.