UPDATE: August 10, 2012
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a body found near Salina is that of a man believed to be a homicide victim.
Fingerprint tests confirmed the body found Wednesday evening in Lincoln County was 37-year-old Jeffrey B. Powell, who had been missing since July 31.
The Salina Journal reports Sheriff Glen Kochanowski declined to release details of where the body was found or a possible cause of death.
A 29-year-old man was arrested Aug. 2 and is being held on a second-degree murder charge in Powell's death. Authorities believe Powell was killed the day he went missing.
UPDATE: August 9, 2012
Authorities are investigating after a body was found in Lincoln County.
Officials were called to the area near the Saline and Lincoln County line around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, Saline County, said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation recovered the body.
Authorities are waiting positive identification, but Kochanowski said they do believe it was Jeffrey Powell's body.
Powell, 28, was last seen August 1. The investigation later turned from a missing person case to a homicide, after deputies arrested 29-year-old Kyle Nelson. He was booked into the Saline County jail on second-degree murder charges.
Powell's murder is believed to be connected with a shooting in Salina last week.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The search for a missing man in Saline County has turned into a murder investigation.
Jeffrey Powell, 28, was last seen Wednesday morning. KSAL reports the Salina Police Department and Saline County Sheriff's Office say their joint investigation has lead detectives to believe the man may have been a victim of foul play.
Officials tell KSAL evidence leads them to believe that Powell is likely dead. He was last seen with Kyle Andrew Nelson, 29, of Salina. Nelson was arrested late Thursday night and charged with second degree murder.
Powell's murder is believed to be connected with an early morning shooting on Wednesday in Salina. KSAL reports authorities are actively looking for Powell's body.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210, the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 785-826-6500, or Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS.