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Archive for Monday, September 21, 1992

NO BREAKTHROUGH IN MURDER PROBE

September 21, 1992

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A special squad probing the death of a man whose body was found nine days ago in the Wakarusa River south of Topeka has investigated about 120 leads in the case, a spokesman for the squad said this morning.

However, Topeka police Sgt. Bill Huffmier said a rumor that surfaced in Douglas County has led to no major breakthroughs in the case. Last week, Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said a Douglas County resident had called the sheriff's officer early this month, saying the resident had heard a rumor about someone trying to dispose of a body.

The report contained few details, Anderson said.

It has produced nothing for the Major Case Squad, or M-Squad, which is looking for information about a man's body that was discovered Sept. 12.

"There's nothing new," Huffmier said today. "We've had some leads, but there's been nothing real earth shattering."

The squad consists of about 25 officers from area law enforcement agencies, including Shawnee and Douglas counties.

Authorities said the man was shot to death and tied to a 45-pound beam before his body was thrown into the river. The man's teeth were pulled, making it impossible to use dental records to identify him.

They said the man was white, 20 to 40 years old, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He had brown hair and and surgical scar on his abdomen where his appendix had been removed.

Local agencies working on the case include the Lawrence Police Department, the Kansas University Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the case to call one of two Topeka numbers: 232-2763 or 232-2958.

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