Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Sheriff’s office: No foul play in case of body found in burning car at campsite

October 10, 2017


Authorities say they do not suspect foul play contributed to the death of a man whose body was found in a burning car at a Douglas County campsite near Clinton Lake.

“Sheriff's Office detectives have recently concluded their investigation into the incident and no foul play is suspected,” Sgt. Kristen Channel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said this week, in an email response to questions from the Journal-World.

Shortly before noon March 7, deputies were dispatched to a car fire at Rockhaven Campground, 1046 East 700 Road. Once the fire was extinguished, a body was discovered inside the vehicle.

At the time, the park was closed for the season. A reporter observed a charred area about the size of a car within the parking lot.

The case remained open for months, with the deceased person not positively identified, as the sheriff’s office awaited lab results from evidence collected in the investigation.

The body has been identified as that of a 45-year-old man from Independence, Mo., Channel said.

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Tony Peterson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

How could there be no "foul play" when a body is found inside of a burning car? Cars don't just burst into flames for no reason and if one DID the guy would have gotten out if he was conscious.

Jim Slade 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Who said the car burst into flames for no reason?

Maybe it was suicide? Maybe the guy was passed out from drugs or drink and left the vehicle running that then overheated and caught fire?

There's a myriad of possibilities that this could have been an accident or self inflicted. Let's assume the experts know what they are doing.

Chelsea Kapfer 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I was listening to the police scanner when that call came in and just a few minutes before the call for the car fire came on there was a call about the sound of gunshots from that campground. I’m curious as to why this wouldn’t be significant

Jay Reynolds 7 months, 2 weeks ago

With the lack of some key information, this sounds more like the intro to a Patricia Cornwell novel than a newspaper article.

Who, Why, How... ??

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