Northeast Johnson County law enforcement officials spent Sunday evening removing a badly decomposed body from a wooded area just west of Roe Avenue in Roeland Park.
With a half dozen police vehicles on location, crime scene investigators equipped with shovels and flashlights appeared to remove the body just before 8 p.m. The area was blocked off with yellow police tape as sheriff’s department officials continued to scour the area.
Roeland Park police said they received a call late Sunday afternoon telling them of a body discovered between the street and the Boulevard Apartments. Police Chief John Morris said passersby had seen something in the woods about 10:30 a.m. that looked odd to them and went back to take a closer look in the afternoon. They phoned police sometime after 4 p.m. after they discovered it was a body.
Morris said the body was decomposed to the point that gender, age or race could not be determined at the scene. The Johnson County crime lab was called to investigate the scene and remove the body. Identification will likely be done through dental records.