NEOSHO RAPIDS, Kan. (WIBW) – New information has been released regarding the circumstances of a skull found in 2017 that has yet to be identified.
Kansas Missing and Unsolved released new details Tuesday, Jan. 31, in a case it opened in 2017 after a human skull was found on a bank by Neosho Rapids in Lyon County.
Officials said they were called to the 2000 block of 145 street just outside Neosho Rapids on April 29, 2017 with reports that a resident had found a skull. The resident said they walked down to the river to see how deep the water was due to recent rains when they noticed a skull in a grassy area on the east bank of the Neosho River.
Law enforcement officials indicated they were able to find the skull and a black trash bag about 20 feet north of the skull that contained the rest of the body parts. The remains had been wrapped in a fitted sheet and quilt and placed in a black lawn and a garbage bag of leaves.
Officials noted that the bag containing the remains had been tied over, however it was snatched up by local wildlife. A digital clock was also found in the bedding.
The remains are believed to belong to a man who was of predominantly white heritage with African-American features, possibly of mixed race. He was found to range in age from 24 to 91 and was approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. He had 6″ to 8″ long blonde, white or gray hair.
Officials indicated the man most likely died between 2013 and 2016.
If anyone has information about the accident or the identity of the victim, they should report it to the Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office at 620-341-3205 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 800-572-8200.