Monday, October 21, 2013
An autopsy is scheduled after a body was found in a Butler County pond, days after a police chase in the area.
In the early morning hours of October 16, a burglary suspect in a stolen truck led Derby police officers and Butler County sheriff's deputies on a chase into Butler County. The chase lasted several minutes until the man bailed out of the truck near SW 120th and County Line Road and ran into a nearby field.
Law enforcement officers lost sight of the man and set up a perimeter. They called in K-9 units from Wichita, Haysville and Andover to aid in the search, but were unable to locate him after several hours.
Authorities believed the suspect in the truck was 35-year-old Nicholas Vampran, who had been released from prison a few weeks before.
Two days after the chase, Vampran's mother made a missing person's report. On Sunday, some of his friends got permission from landowners and began looking for him in the area of last week's pursuit. Soon after, they found a body in a pond.
Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says a positive identification has not yet been made, but the tattoos on the body match those that Vampran is known to have.
Sheriff Herzet says the preliminary results indicate the man died from hypothermia.
"It looked in my opinion that he tried to hide in the water," Herzet said. "I don't know if he gets in there thinking the dogs can't track him in the water and hypothermia sets it, I don't know."
Vampran had previously served prison time for theft and fleeing from officers. Sheriff Herzet said Vampran had recently talked to others about how he wasn't going back to prison.