Investigators once again descended on Douglas County today in their attempt to solve the murder of a man whose body was found earlier this month in Shawnee County.
Scott Teeselink, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent assigned to the case, said this morning that the majority of the 15- to 17-member Capital Area Major Case Squad would be in Lawrence and Douglas County today.
Teeselink said the M-Squad, a consortium of investigators from several northeast Kansas counties, hasn't identified the man or connected any suspects to the slaying.
This morning, Teeselink confirmed reports that investigators fanned out to several Lawrence locations on Saturday seeking information about the victim. He said investigators spent nine or 10 hours going to night clubs and other public places to solicit information about the man.
Investigators passed out 400 composite drawings of the man on Saturday.
Identifying the man is taking up about half of investigators' time, Teeselink said. The man's body was found Sept. 13 in the Wakarusa River about one-half mile west of the Douglas-Shawnee county line.
Investigators said the man's teeth had been pulled and tattoos had been removed from both arms after he was killed to thwart efforts to identify him. The body, which was tied to a metal beam, was discovered by fishermen.
Teeselink said investigators do not know whether the man was from Lawrence, and he would not comment about whether a suspect is from Lawrence. He said the M-Squad is concentrating on Douglas County because "that's where we're getting our best information."
Last week, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells was granted permission to hold an inquisition into the death. Authorities would not comment this morning about the progress of that proceeding, which is closed to the public.