Police Seek Public Assistance to Identify Burned Body

Police investigate after a burned body was found in a barrel. [Photo credit: Robert A. Cronkleton - The Kansas City Star]


Last Wednesday a homicide investigation was opened in Kansas CIty, Kansas after a passer by noticed a human limb sticking out of a barrel on the side of the road in a location known for illegal dumping and called the police.


Police found the badly burned remains of what they describe as a Hispanic male either in his late teens or early twenties. They said he was 5' 05" between 120 and 130 pounds.  They additionally disclosed that he had tattoos including  "Dios..." on the forearm of his right arm and on his chest, a heart shaped design with 15 08 1973 or 1977 written over it.


Police are now seeking the public's help to identify the victim.


“Illegal dumping is very prevalent in this area, so it is not uncommon to come across tires, mattresses and trash from people’s houses,” Kansas City Kansas Police Department spokesman, Officer Jonathon Westbrook said. “But it is very rare that we come across a situation like this where someone dumps a body back here and then make the extra attempt to burn it.”


Police believe that the body had been there less than 24 hours when it was discovered on Wednesday due to the fact that the area, located near Memorial Park Cemetery Sunset, is patrolled regularly.


The investigation is ongoing and police are checking to see if there is any helpful images that can be retrieved from cameras in the area.


Kansas City Police are asking that anyone with information about either a missing person or the body itself contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (84777).



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