Suspect in Kansas double homicide found dead

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HILL CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A suspect in a homicide in northwestern Kansas has been found dead.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the body of 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas Jr. was found Thursday night in northeast Graham County.

Authorities began searching for Mascarenas after a man and woman were found dead Thursday in the in the 2700 block of 170th Avenue near Penokee, near the unincorporated town of Penokee.

Authorities have released no other information about the homicides, Mascarenas' connection to the victims or details of how his body was found.

The victims were found after Graham County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an unresponsive man.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Mascarenas has three prior convictions of aggravated battery and was also convicted of interference with law enforcement. He was last released from prison in February of 2017, and his post-release expired in August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Authorities are searching for a person of interest in connection to a double homicide in rural northwest Kansas. 

The Graham County Sheriff's Office responded at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday to the report of an unresponsive man in the rural part of the county near Hill City. When authorities arrived, the found two people dead. 

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page that investigators are looking for 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas Jr in connection to that double homicide. He is described as 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds. He was last seen driving a blue 2005 Dodge Charger with a passenger side mirror broken.

Investigators say Mascarenas is considered armed and dangerous.

"Though we understand it might be frustrating we have no new updates at this time," the Graham County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning. "We simply ask that folks remain attentive and if they see or hear anything unusual, please call 911."

USD 399 Natoma-Paradise-Waldo schools were placed on lockdown amid the search for Mascarenas.

"Classes will continue as usual but all outside doors will be locked," the district said on Facebook. "If you need to get into one of the buildings, please knock loudly and someone will let you in."  

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are assisting in the investigation. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Mascarenas has three prior convictions of aggravated battery and was also convicted of interference with law enforcement. He was last released from prison in February of 2017, and his post-release expired in August.


Previous story:

Authorities are searching for a person of interest in connection to a double homicide in rural northwest Kansas. 

The Graham County Sheriff's Office responded at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday to the report of an unresponsive man in the rural part of the county near Hill City. When authorities arrived, the found two people dead. 

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page that investigators are looking for 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas Jr in connection to that double homicide. He is described as 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds. He was last seen driving a blue 2005 Dodge Charger with a passenger side mirror broken.

Investigators say Mascarenas is considered armed and dangerous.

"Though we understand it might be frustrating we have no new updates at this time," the Graham County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning. "We simply ask that folks remain attentive and if they see or hear anything unusual, please call 911."

USD 399 Natoma-Paradise-Waldo schools were placed on lockdown amid the search for Mascarenas.

"Classes will continue as usual but all outside doors will be locked," the district said on Facebook. "If you need to get into one of the buildings, please knock loudly and someone will let you in."  

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are assisting in the investigation. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Mascarenas has three prior convictions of aggravated battery and was also convicted of interference with law enforcement. He was last released from prison in February of 2017, and his post-release expired in August.

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