Archive for Monday, September 28, 1992

INVESTIGATION TO CONTINUE INTO MURDER

September 28, 1992

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Authorities will continue to investigate at least through Wednesday the slaying of a man whose body was found two weeks ago in Shawnee County, an agent working the case said today.

Scott Teeselink, an agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said a special Major Case Squad made up of area law enforcement officers is investigating the man's death with 15 full-time officers. He said rumors circulating that the M-squad has disbanded are not true.

As of today, Teeselink said, officers have followed more than 220 leads.

But he and Doulgas County Sheriff Loren Anderson would not comment on the progress of an inquisition requested by Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells in connection with the death. The inquisition, which was approved by a local judge Thursday night, allows Wells to subpoena people who may have information about the case.

In an inquisition, witnesses give sworn statements that must be recorded. A court reporter takes down their statements.

One mystery that the inquisition could solve is the identity of the victim, whose body was found Sept. 13 submerged in the Wakarusa River less than a half mile west of the Shawnee-Douglas county line. Officers have had difficulty identifying the victim because all of his teeth were pulled and several tattoos were removed after he died.

Wells said prosecutors are not required to finish the inquisition by a certain date or conduct it within any particular hours of the day.

Reportedly, investigators are concentrating on Douglas County because they believe someone connected to the crime may live here.

Teeselink said "a good percentage" of the leads investigators have followed in the case have come from Lawrence and Douglas County. And he said investigators from the Major Case Squad worked in Douglas County during the weekend.

Attempts to contact Wells today were unsuccessful.

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