UPDATE: Police identify body found in McPherson

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MCPHERSON, Kan. -- Police in McPherson have released the identity of a man whose body was found outside a storage shed Thursday morning.

The man has been identified as 26-year-old Ernest Charles Miller of McPherson.

Police say the cause of death was asphyxia and blunt trauma. They are still waiting on toxicology reports.

Anyone with information is again asked to call McPherson Police at (620) 245-1200 or Crime Stoppers at (620) 241-1122.


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McPherson police continue to investigate a suspicious death after two men found a body Thursday morning in front of a storage shed.

The body was found at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of West Woodside.

A man tells KAKE News he and his uncle were on the way to work when they found the body. They say the body had a bag over the head and a belt around the neck.

Daniel Prine was in the area taking his children to school when the men made the discovery.

"I seen a lot of cops coming this way," Prine said. "After dropping off my kids, I went around the block and saw what I believe was a body laying over there."

Prine and his neighbors say it's surprising that a body would be found in such a high-traffic area just down the street from the McPherson Law Enforcement Center.

"It's crazy. It's not the best of towns or anything but we don't just have bodies showing up (normally)," Prine said.

Mike Anderson lives down the street from where the body was found. He says he drove by that spot at about 6 a.m. He says he didn't see anything but he says it was still a bit dark out.

He only found out something was wrong when his phone lit up at work.

"I got a text saying there was a body on the sidewalk down by my house," Anderson said. "Yea, pretty much in shock. It's pretty quiet down here usually."

With the shock many people are feeling, there are many rumors flying around in the small town.

Prine says one of those rumors was that the body was that of his friend. After meeting with his friend's family he says that rumor is thankfully not true.

Neighbors say they hope their many other questions are answered soon.

"Hopefully, they'll figure out what's going on," Anderson said.

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Police asked anyone with information to call the McPherson Police Department at (620) 245-1200 or Crime Stoppers of McPherson County at (620) 241-1122.


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