The investigation into the slaying of a man whose body was found earlier this month in a river in Shawnee County has been pared down and moved to Douglas County, authorities announced today.
Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said the Capital Area Major Case Squad was moved to Douglas County today from Shawnee County, where it was assembled shortly after the man's body was found on Sept. 13.
Anderson said the squad has been cut to eight investigators. Previously, at least 15 investigators were working on the case.
Scott Teeselink, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent assigned to the case, said today that the M-Squad was moved to Douglas County because "logistically, it was better to be there."
Investigators have been concentrating on Douglas County for more than a week, reportedly because they believe someone involved in the homicide has ties to Lawrence or the county.
Teeselink said authorities still have not identified the man, whose body was found submerged in the Wakarusa River less than one-half mile west of the Douglas-Shawnee county border. The man had been shot to death.
Investigators said the man's teeth had been pulled and tattoos removed from his arms to hinder identification.
Teeselink said that because the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department activated the M-Squad, Shawnee County officials would continue to make decisions about the unit. He said he expected the squad to remain activated on a day-to-day basis.
"There are still too many leads, too much to go on," he said.
The new number for the M-Squad, a consortium of investigators from several northeast Kansas counties, is 841-0007.