Police on Tuesday evening announced the identification of a body found one week earlier hanging in an outbuilding on a rental property near the Kansas University campus.
According to a Lawrence police statement, John Lundmark, 54, of Lawrence, was found June 19 in a storage shed in the 1200 block of Louisiana Street.
Investigators released few additional details. The police statement did say that Lundmark lived in an apartment in the 1200 block of Ohio Street - northeast and across the alley from where his body was found.
Police also do not suspect foul play "at this time," according to the statement. Officers said last week shortly after the body was found that it appeared to be a suicide, but they still had to identify the body and confirm other details through an autopsy because he was not a resident of the property.
When the body was found, police said it was badly decomposed and unrecognizable by race or sex. Residents of the house on Louisiana Street discovered the body in the outbuilding, which was formerly a sauna, while looking for the source of an odor.
Investigators with the coroner's office and police worked during the week to make an identification. It was unclear Tuesday night whether investigators were able to identify the body based on forensic examination, information police learned, or both.
Other than saying last week that the body was hanging in the building when it was found, the police statement released Tuesday did not specify a cause of Lundmark's death. The statement did say the investigation was ongoing and that police have notified Lundmark's family.
His brother, Robert, of Lawrence, on Tuesday evening said the family did not wish to make a statement.
Attempts to reach the listed owners of the Ohio Street apartment were unsuccessful Tuesday night. A few neighbors said they didn't know Lundmark.
Dave Wingert, who lives in a residence next to Lundmark's listed home, said he had noticed him living there for about the last year. Wingert said he never spoke with him.
"He was in and out all the time," Wingert said.
Dave Hamill, who owns the property on Louisiana Street where the body was found, said Tuesday that he had heard no new information from police. Residents of the property said Tuesday night that management hired a crew that finished razing the former sauna building earlier in the day.