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Body found Tuesday in De Soto is identified as missing Olathe man

Updated: 2013-11-01T02:27:15Z

By TONY RIZZO and MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

A body found Tuesday afternoon in De Soto was identified Thursday as that of a missing Olathe man.

A passer-by discovered the body of 22-year-old Brad Cook about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday while walking in the 9500 block of Sunflower Road, the Johnson County sheriff’s office said.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said its investigation “has not revealed any criminal activity.” He did not disclose the cause of death.

Hundreds of searchers had been looking for Cook since shortly after he left the Olathe home he shared with his sister Oct. 20.

He reportedly left without his wallet and cellphone. His motorcycle was found several hours later in a strip mall parking lot not far from where his body was found.

A spokesman for Cook’s family said the area had been searched by law enforcement officers and civilian volunteers up to the north side of 95th Street. But the body was found on private property on the south side of 95th Street, near Lexington Avenue.

Cook’s parents issued a statement late Thursday afternoon thanking everyone who helped in the search for their son.

“It is a tremendous reminder of how well Brad was loved by so many and the generosity of our community,” the statement said. “As with many tragic events, there remain unanswered questions.”

The family and friends placed a cross at the site where Cook’s body was found, along with his favorite color, orange, and his favorite methods of repair, duct tape and zip ties.

The family said that when funeral arrangements are made, they will be posted on the “Bring Brad Cook Home” Facebook page.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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