Investigators confirm a body found this week is of a missing Salina man.

A body was found in a field Tuesday in a rural area in Ellsworth County. A forensic odontologist compared the remains to the dental records of Nathan Philip Thompson and confirmed that it was a match. The remains were in an extreme state of decomposition, the Salina Police Department shares. A medical examiner ruled Thompson’s death a homicide. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called and is investigating the scene. 

The Salina Police Department said a Chevrolet Express van was possibly used in the disappearance of Thompson. The department now has the van in its possession, but it is asking the public for information regarding the van, especially sighting it in rural areas since June 9, 2022.

Thompson’s trailer home, in the 1600 block of Elgin in Salina, caught on fire on June 13. Nobody was in the home, and the Salina Fire Department classified it as a case of arson. At that time, neighbors said they did not see Thompson for about a week, which is about the last time family heard from him too. Thompson had failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing in Salina Municipal Court on June 14.    


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Salina police say investigators have found a van possibly involved in the disappearance of a 44-year-old man earlier this month.

The department on Wednesday released several photos of the Chevrolet Express van, which is now in police possession. Nathan Thompson has been missing for nearly two weeks.

Firefighters responded June 13 day to a trailer fire in the 1600 block of Elgin Drive. No one was home and the fire was deemed to be arson. 

Neighbors reported that Thompson lived in the trailer, and family members said they hadn't seen or heard from him in a week. He also failed to appear for a court hearing on June 14.

Salina police believe foul play may be involved in Thompson's disappearance. 

Anyone who has seen the van on or after June 9, especially in rural areas, is asked to call the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210. You may also call Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS or submit an online tip here


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The Salina Police Department is looking for a person considered missing and endangered.

On June 13th, 2022 the Salina Fire Department responded to a trailer home fire located in the 1600 block of Elgin St. in Salina.  Once the fire was extinguished the fire department determined no one was at home but has since classified the fire as arson.

The Salina Police Department received information from neighbors that 44-year-old Nathan Thompson, who had been living in the trailer home, has not been seen for nearly a week.  Mr. Thompson’s family members have not spoken to him in the last seven days and do not know where he is.  Additionally, Mr. Thompson was to appear for a scheduled court hearing on June 14th and failed to appear.  

Salina Police has received information that foul play may be involved in Mr. Thompson’s disappearance.

Thompson is a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He stands 6 feet, two inches tall.

If you have had contact with Nathan Thompson since June 1, 2022, have information concerning his disappearance, or have information relative to the fire at 1635 Elgin please contact the Salina Police.