SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - Sheriff Jeff Easter spoke for the first time Wednesday about the two bodies recently discovered in rural Sumner County. He says he thinks it’s connected to a double homicide case from the first of the year, but it’s going to take some time to find out for sure.

About halfway between Belle Plaine and Oxford, investigators with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office recently made a huge discovery likely related to a homicide case. 

“We're working what we believe to be a double homicide that occurred on January 1st, 2024, in the evening hours, or in the late evening hours, early morning hours of January 1st,“ said Easter.

Easter says someone found two bodies near the Ninnescah River in rural Sumner County.

“From that particular case, or the evidence on the scene, we felt that there were two people that had been murdered there,” said Easter.

Easter is talking about a homicide investigation that started on New Year's Day in the 9500 block of Hydraulic at the southern edge of Sedgwick County.

“We have not located the bodies and at this point. It appears that those victims might be the bodies that were recovered in Sumner County. We cannot confirm that yet until we get DNA back,” Easter explained.

Easter says it could take two to six weeks to verify his suspicion that the cases are related, but with a possible murder suspect still on the loose, he hopes the results come back sooner rather than later.