No foul play suspected in death of Cole Brings Plenty, authorities say

photo by: Courtesy of Lawrence Police Department

Cole Brings Plenty

No foul play is suspected in the death of a man who had gone missing from Lawrence, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday.

Cole Brings Plenty, 27, was found deceased last week in an area near 200th Street and Homestead Lane after a report was made of an unoccupied vehicle. Johnson County deputies searched the area and found Brings Plenty dead in a wooded area away from the vehicle.

Brings Plenty, an actor in the “Yellowstone” spinoff “1923,” had been reported as a missing person by his family. The Lawrence Police Department had also identified him as a suspect in a domestic violence incident on Easter Sunday and sought the public’s help in finding him.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said in the news release that detectives, crime scene investigators and the medical examiner’s office had been working diligently with the Lawrence Police Department and Brings Plenty’s family.

“There is no indication of foul play in the death of Cole Brings Plenty,” the release stated, without further detail.

In a news release from the Lawrence Police Department, Chief Rich Lockhart said that the department “worked very hard to investigate the incidents and worked very hard to find Cole” and that it was “a tragic case for everyone involved.”

“I learned through this series of events that our Police Department must work harder to increase trust with our Native American community members,” Lockhart said in the release. “Through meeting with Cole’s family members and members of our Native American community, I clearly see that we are not where we need to be in partnering with a community that is very important to Lawrence’s history and to its current culture.

“This sad series of events has been shared around the world,” he continued. “It’s my hope that future bridges we build and partnerships we form between our Native American community and our police department will create a relationship that will not only increase trust and understanding but will also be a model for other communities.”


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