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Body recovered from Clay County pond thought to be that of missing 20-year-old

Updated: 2013-08-20T12:18:16Z

A body found Sunday in a car submerged in a Clay County pond is thought to be that of 20-year-old Robert Seth Walter, missing since Aug. 3.

A Clay County Sheriff’s Department spokesman would not confirm the identity, saying notifications still needed to be made, but he said the vehicle was registered to the Walter family.

A message posted Monday night on a Facebook page dedicated to the search for the missing man said Walter’s body had been found.

“It appears as though he had been in a horrible car accident and was found submerged in a pond,” the post said.

Clay County Lt. Will Akin said there were no signs of foul play and it appeared the vehicle failed to negotiate a turn in the road.

A couple spotted the car in the pond near Route H and 100th Street about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Walter was last reported seen shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 3 near 17th Street and Madison Avenue in Kansas City. His parents said Walter had recently been promoted at his job, had a college scholarship and was planning to move into a loft.

Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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