Body found in rural Harrisonville, sheriff’s office investigating

kschwers@kcstar.comApril 19, 2017 

Cass County authorities say the body of a male was found late Tuesday night near Harrisonville.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that authorities received a call around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a body found in a farm field located on East 278th Street near State Route DD in rural Harrisonville.

Investigators said they found the body of an unidentified male shortly after receiving the call.

The sheriff’s office said a search crew was on scene Wednesday morning canvassing the area for evidence and information related to the incident. Authorities said there was no current indication of foul play, but the death investigation was ongoing.

Sheriff Jeff Weber was on scene Wednesday afternoon while more than a dozen deputies searched more than 20 acres of land for evidence. Weber said a mushroom hunter found the body Tuesday night. He said it had appeared that the body had been out in the field for a while, possibly weeks. The medical examiner’s office also came out to the scene Tuesday night.

“At this time, we don’t have any indication of foul play,” Weber said. “We hope to have an ID by the end of the day, maybe tomorrow, once we make notification to next of kin.”

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