Man arrested for murder as Wichita police search for victim's body

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say they've arrested a 53-year-old man for murder and they're still searching for the body of the person he's accused of killing. 

Jeffrey Hill was booked Monday for second-degree murder, possession of meth with intent, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Capt. Brent Allred said that on December 29, a man reported Hill's involvement in a criminal homicide in the 2100 block of South Water earlier in the month. He said the victim was taken to an unknown location outside of Wichita and buried. 

"The investigation has revealed the victim is 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones of Hutchinson, Kansas," Capt. Allred said. "The examination of evidence and witness interviews led to Hill's arrest."

Hill was stopped by officers near Harry and Seneca. Allred said Hill fled from his vehicle but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Officers found meth, narcotics pills and marijuana in his vehicle. 

Investigators are still working to locate Jones' body. 

Hill and Jones were acquaintances, Allred said, and police are "trying to determine what the motive is."

Anyone with information is asked to call WPD detectives at (316) 268 4407, the See Something, Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

Allred said Hill has prior arrests and convictions for aggravated robbery, burglary, theft, forgery, identity theft, drug possession and trafficking contraband into a penal institution. 

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