UPDATE: Body found in car at apartment complex identified

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Investigators process the scene after a body was found in a car Monday morning.

MAIZE, Kan. — The body found in a car earlier this week in Maize has been identified.

The body was found Monday morning in a car outside an apartment complex in Maize. The car was registered to a man who had been reported missing since February, and police say it had been there for months.

According to Maize Police Chief Matt Jensby, the body was positively identified Friday as 54-year-old Adam Sabri of Wichita. He was last seen on February 9 at Timeout Sports Bar and Grill, a restaurant he co-owns in McPherson.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but a cause of death was inconclusive due to the condition of the body. Toxicology results could take four to six months to come back.

Sabri's death is still classified as suspicious.

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Maize Police continue to investigate after a body was found inside a car parked at an apartment complex.

The discovery was made Monday morning at the Fieldstone Apartments, located at 5050 North Maize Road. Around 10:30 a.m., someone who lives at the apartment complex called police about a bad smell coming from a white sedan in the parking lot on the south side of the complex. When officers arrived, they also noticed the smell but couldn't see inside the car due to the heavy tint on the windows.

Officers then called for other emergency services as well as a Sedgwick County sheriff's lab, then opened the car and found a body in the backseat.

"It's been very creepy knowing that there has been a dead body so close to my children and I," said Stephanie Avants, whose window looks out over the crime scene.

Later that afternoon, the McPherson Police Department posted an update on their Facebook page saying the car belonged to a Wichita man who owned a sports bar in McPherson. Adam Sabri, 54, was last seen on February 9. More information on that story can be found by clicking here.

Because of the advance stage of decomposition, police estimate the body may have been there for months. They don't yet know if the body is that of Sabri, or the cause of death. Due to the circumstances, it's being classified as a suspicious death.

Many neighbors tell KAKE News back up the Maize Police Department's preliminary investigation. They've seen the car sitting in the lot for several months, but say the back windows are tinted so darkly that make it nearly impossible to see inside.

"I usually park beside of it almost every day," Stephanie Avants said. "I just thought it was inoperable."

The neighbors say they didn't have any reason to think something was wrong with the car.

Just in the last several days though, as temperatures rose into the 90s and low 100s, neighbors say they began to notice a bad smell around the apartment complex.

They say they're very unnerved to learn that smell was coming from a decomposing body in the car.

"I don't know what to say. It alarms me," Linda Barnhart said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, but it's unclear when the results will come back.

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