At the last minute Tuesday, authorities investigating the slaying of a man whose body was found near Topeka uncovered enough information to keep a special investigation squad together.
Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said this morning that officials were ready to disband the Capital Area Major Case Squad on Tuesday afternoon because leads in the case were dwindling.
But the M-squad, a consortium of investigators from several northeast Kansas counties, got a boost when information was brought forth Tuesday. Anderson said the squad may remain activated until at least Friday to track down leads generated by the information uncovered Tuesday.
The man's body was found Sept. 13 in the Wakarusa River less than one-half mile west of the Douglas-Shawnee county line. Authorities said the victim had been shot to death. His teeth had been pulled and several tattoos had been cut from his arms to thwart authorities' efforts to identify him.
Anderson said this morning that investigators still had not identified the victim. He urged anyone with information about the victim to call the M-Squad at 841-0007.