Archive for Sunday, April 29, 1990

AUTOPSY SET FOR BODY FOUND IN E. LAWRENCE

April 29, 1990

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An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday on partially decomposed body found Friday in the 800 block of East Eighth Street, Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said Saturday night.

Olin also said officials have not yet identified the victim, nor the gender or approximate age.

"We'll leave that to the coroner, and I really don't want to speculate," Olin said.

On Saturday officers completed their investigation at the scene where the body was found, but Olin said that no further details were available.

"We really have no more information," he said. "It's a very slow process, and it's in the early stages of the investigation."

Olin said he did not know how many officers were involved in the investigation, but that four or five law enforcement agencies were working with Lawrence police on the case, which is being investigated as a homocide.

"Any unattended death is investigated as a homocide," Olin said.

Olin would not comment as to whether police had any unresolved missing persons reports they were investigating in connection with the body's discovery.

The body was moved Friday to the Douglas County Coroner's office.

Police were notified about the body at 12:37 p.m. Friday by two Lawrence men, Robert Gonce, 19, and Sid Gonce Jr., 26, who found the body in a wooded, bushy area on Santa Fe Railway property, across the street from the Penny's concrete plant at 800 E. Eighth.

The Gonce brothers said they had been digging for worms in the area for about five minutes when they discovered the body. They said the body, which was uncovered and lying on its side, appeared to be that of a young female.

The brothers said they saw no wounds that appeared to be inflicted by a weapon. However, the Gonce brothers said they did not study the body.

Lawrence police Lt. Mike Hall is in charge of the investigation.

Hall could not be reached for comment Saturday night.

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