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Archive for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Body found in Constant Park on Sunday afternoon; ID could take a while

August 31, 2014, 6:57 p.m. Updated September 1, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

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Lawrence police remove a body of a male subject from a culvert located in Burcham Park and between the railroad tracks and the Kansas River. The body was discovered Aug. 31.

Lawrence police remove a body of a male subject from a culvert located in Burcham Park and between the railroad tracks and the Kansas River. The body was discovered Aug. 31.

Lawrence police say it will probably be some time before the body of a man whose body was found in Constant Park on Sunday is identified.

Sgt. Craig Shanks of the Lawrence Police Department said that because of the decomposition of the body it will likely take a while to get both a positive ID and cause of death. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Douglas County Coroner’s Office.

On Sunday afternoon, two individuals reported seeing a body laying face-down in shallow water just west of the Vermont Street bridge.

Suzanne Conley, who discovered the body with her boyfriend, Jaime Duran, said the body appeared to be that of an adult male of average height and weight. She did not report seeing any obvious signs of foul play.

“It’s crazy. A very surreal moment,” Conley said.

Conley was visiting Lawrence for the Labor Day weekend, showing Duran Kansas University, where she used to attend school. She was on the KU rowing team in 1988 and 1989 and wanted to show her boyfriend where she practiced.

Conley was driving on a gravel road that runs underneath the Vermont Street bridge and parallel to the Kansas River when Duran noticed the man’s torso in his peripheral vision.

“I just happened to glance down and there he was,” Duran said. “I wonder how long he’d been there.”

— Journal-World reporter Giles Bruce contributed to this report.

Comments

Clark Coan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I hope he died from natural causes. We don't need any more homicides or suicides. I suppose the odds are he is homeless since he was found along the river.

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James Garvey 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Another sad event in Lawrence. Prayers are with Family & Friends. Hope we get an update about what really happened.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 month, 3 weeks ago

That is truly an awful thing, to lay dead in a culvert for who knows how long until your body is found by accident.

Everyone of us who is inside on a stormy night like this, with food to eat, and family around us should be thankful for those things, which others do not have, and though no fault of their own, but because of events and an accident of genetic inheritance that made this what they are.

Scientists are learning about how the brain processes emotions and thoughts. We now know that mental illness is brain illness and can be treated. But, just as there are those who smoke after knowing all the information and will not stop, so, those with brain illnesses may not listen to their doctors. All, we can do is to learn all we can and never give up doing what we can for others.

Leslie

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1 month, 2 weeks ago

would like to know why its taken so long to identify bill if its you rest in peace bro...you will be greaTLY MISSED

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