Friday, January 11, 2013
A body found in a Sumner County barn may have been there since September or October.
Sumner NewsCow reports the body was discovered on a farmstead near South Haven, close to U.S. 81 and 140th Street South.
A man was considering building a home on the land, and was surveying the property when he found the body in an old hay barn.
Sumner County deputies responded, and the body has since been identified as 48-year-old Edward Byers of Wellington.
An autopsy was conducted, and it appears that Byers died of natural causes.
There are indications he may have been camping out in a nearby wooded area, and would occasionally approach the farmstead's home to get water.
Because the barn was 200 or 300 yards from the house, the smell of decay may not have been noticeable.
Sheriff Darren Chambers told Sumner NewsCow that Byers was a periodic prisoner, often in and out of jail at various facilities in the region. He had most recently been released in February, and last seen alive in June.
The sheriff described him as a loner who rarely spoke to family. Some family members assumed he was back in jail.