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Archive for Friday, April 13, 2001

Dismembered body discovered; suspect held for questioning

Teen’s body found a block from his house

April 13, 2001

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— A man wanted for questioning in the death of a 16-year-old boy whose dismembered body was found in the man's basement, was arrested Thursday.

Marc V. Sappington, 21, was taken into custody about 5 p.m. after an anonymous caller alerted police that Sappington was spotted walking along a Kansas City, Kan., street.

The body of Alton "Fred" Brown was found Tuesday night after a resident of the home noticed blood on the basement stairs and called police. Authorities said Brown's arms had been severed and his legs cut off at the knees. Brown's mother, Tammy Saunders, said authorities told her Brown also been shot. Sappington has not been charged in Brown's death.

Sappington lived at the home where the body was discovered. Police said Sappington was an acquaintance of Brown. He has been charged on a warrant with kidnapping and aggravated burglary in an incident that took place Tuesday, before Brown's body was discovered. Authorities say Sappington allegedly approached a woman with a pistol and stole her car. The woman was able to escape.

Brown lived with his grandmother, Theresa Loggins, about a block from Sappington's residence. Family members said Brown often played basketball near the house and that he knew Sappington.

Saunders said her son and Sappington had argued recently and that she asked her son not to associate with Sappington anymore. Brown was reported missing Monday evening.

Brown attended the Kansas City, Kan., School District's Bridges Program, an alternative school. Two of his poems were published recently in a collection of poetry.

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