Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2012

Body of 39-year-old Topeka businessman found west of Lecompton

January 5, 2012, 2:00 p.m. Updated January 5, 2012, 4:12 p.m.


Body of missing Topeka man found in northwest Douglas County

A brief video on the scene near where police were investigating the "suspicious death" of 39-year-old Topeka man Corey Brown. Enlarge video

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has this portion of N. 2190 Road, in northwest Douglas County near Lecompton blocked off as they investigated an unattended death found near the Kansas River and the railroad tracks. Topeka Police are also on the scene.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has this portion of N. 2190 Road, in northwest Douglas County near Lecompton blocked off as they investigated an unattended death found near the Kansas River and the railroad tracks. Topeka Police are also on the scene.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Topeka Police Department are investigating the death of a 39-year-old Topeka man, whose body was discovered in a wooded area Thursday morning, west of Lecompton.

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger Thursday afternoon identified the man as Corey Brown. Hornberger said a passerby discovered the body about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Hornberger said the case is currently a “suspicious death” investigation, but he offered few other details about the case.

Brown’s body was found near the BNSF railroad tracks in northwest Douglas County near the Kansas River, west of Lecompton.

According to published reports, Brown was first reported missing Tuesday, after his car and cell phone were located at a Topeka restaurant.

Brown was also one of the managers at Hudson Liquor in Topeka, which was the scene of a robbery and homicide on Dec. 24. Matt Hill, 41, an employee at Hudson Liquor, was shot and killed during the robbery. A 44-year-old Topeka man, Matthew Myers, was arrested last week in connection with the crime, according to published reports.

Topeka police are assisting in the investigation, said Kristen Veverka, department spokeswoman.

Officers have blocked off a portion of North 2190 Road — also known as the River Road — which runs parallel to the railroad tracks and the Kansas River.

Check for more updates as they become available.

Approximate location of body


jnixon 5 years ago

Come on Folks! Cap Journ already has the victim ID'd.

TheRealClarkKent 5 years ago

The Topeka Capital Journal is reporting the body is that of Corey Brown, a Topeka developer missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Shaun Hittle 5 years ago

We are waiting to get police ID on the victim, which we haven't as of yet.

Shaun Hittle Reporter Lawrence Journal-World

TheRealClarkKent 5 years ago

Shaun...I think that is a good policy.

You never know if the information from other sources is reliable although I believe in this case it will be accurate.

However, I am sure from a legal and even ethical standpoint, it's best to wait for the official word.

LadyJ 5 years ago

Shaun, please read second paragraph.

LadyJ 5 years ago

Update has corrected the error.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

From the Cap Journal: LECOMPTON — The mother of Corey Brown has confirmed to the Topeka Capital-Journal that the body found in rural Douglas County was her son.

Jane Brown said Thursday afternoon authorities had told the family the body belonged to Corey Brown, 39, but she said authorities weren’t providing any more information because it is an ongoing investigation.

“I think we all kind of knew it was going to end this way, but we’re just very glad there already is some closure and he’s been found,” she said. “That was very important to us.”

RoeDapple 5 years ago

Now her prayers center on the police finding the person who did this, she said.

Corey Brown was the father of three: Shae, 14, Taylor, 12 and Hunter, 9.

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

I did not hear the word murder yet.

Shane Garrett 5 years ago

Wow there is something very strange about the events and people involved in the Hudson Liquor store hold up and murder. My heart goes out to his family. This is all so sad.

bevy 5 years ago

Prayers for this man's family - so much tragedy.

ljwhirled 5 years ago

Like something out of "Fargo". The guy who allegedly robbed the liquor store is in custody and a week later Mr. Brown disappears and is found "suspiciously dead".

There is an interesting story here somewhere. Perhaps it ties into the staged disappearance of a female student at the KU Edwards campus. She was reported safe on the same day the robbery took place. Aisha Kahn, where were you at the time of the robbery?

Matt Schwartz 5 years ago

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TopJayhawk 5 years ago

This town I live in is just crazy these days. Really embarrassing to be from Topeka now. So many gangs, so many kids who have just raised themselves.
It's like the old west. Everyone is getting a CCL. Ammunition is getting hard to come by. I don't know of too many people who aren't packing these days. Just a disgusting mess.

50YearResident 5 years ago

Sounds like a witness protection plan might have saved a life here. Liquor store shooter may not get convicted without a witness.

guess_again 5 years ago

There were several witnesses to the liquor store murder.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

Sounds fishy to me.. 2 deaths relate to the same liquor store? Yeah sounds like some kind of sopranos or something

pace 5 years ago

Too much conjecture on too little information. I am sorry for the loss to the family.

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