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April 24, 2019


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Contact: Undersheriff Phil Blume • 785.251.2202

Skeletal Remains Update #2

April 24th, 2019 Update:

Although the investigation continues on scene, the excavation process is complete. A majority of the human remains were able to be recovered. The remains are now in the custody of the Shawnee County Coroner’s Office.

A preliminary investigation of the scene did not indicate signs of foul play.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update when the Coroner’s Office concludes their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ryan Myers at 785-251-2262.


April 23rd, 2019 Update:

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Coroner’s Office, was able to confirm that the skeletal remains located yesterday are human. We are currently working with the Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit to excavate the site.


April 22nd, 2019:

On 04-22-2019 the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office was called to a wooded area north of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism regional office at 300 SW Wanamaker Rd. A citizen claimed to have found skeletal remains in the dense woods. The Sheriff’s Office responded and with the assistance of the Shawnee County Coroner’s Office, located and removed the skeletal remains in question. Due to darkness and heavy vegetation the search was postponed until daylight.

The property and immediate area in question is private property and access is being denied. Further information will be released as more details are discovered in the upcoming days. It is important for a thorough search of the area to be completed and it is unknown how long that will take.

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