SUMNER COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a death investigation after human remains were found in rural Sumner County, Kansas.

On Friday afternoon, May 10, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 358 N. River Road, in Belle Plaine, after a body was discovered.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Friday. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded and recovered the human remains.

The remains were transported to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center for an autopsy. The autopsy was performed Saturday, and signs of foul play were observed by the coroner.

At this time, the identity of the deceased male is unknown. The KBI and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office are still working to positively identify him.

If you have information about this case, please contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online at

The investigation is ongoing.