Nearly two hours after the discovery of possible human remains at Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, Kan., family members of a man missing from the area since last week gathered for prayer.
Authorities in Wyandotte County were tight-lipped about the discovery around 4 p.m. Friday, but the family of William “Bucky” Boyd were hopeful that the remains where not that of the missing 61-year-old.
The family has been searching for Boyd for more than a week. He was last seen at his apartment complex in downtown Kansas City Kansas.
News of Friday’s discovery shook the family. It could take weeks for a positive identification.
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“I received a call saying they’re pulling a body out of Big Eleven right now,” said Boyd’s brother-in-law, Barry Bennett of Kansas City, Kan. “So my neighbor took me immediately down here.”
Police said friends and family are concerned for Boyd because of an undisclosed impairment and his inability to provide total care for himself. They also mentioned suspicious activity concerning Boyd’s financial situation.
Boyd, police said, is known to visit Big Eleven Lake. The discovery was unnerving, Bennett said.
“He has a brother that lives at the same apartment complex and he checks in with him everyday,” Bennett said. “So for him to be missing one day is suspicious.”
The family tightly huddled yards from where the remains were found, locked hands, and prayed for a positive outcome.
“I don’t believe that’s him,” Bennett said. “I was really kind of messed up, but after I saw what they pulled out, I felt like, no, that ain’t him.”
Big Eleven Lake is located just east of North 11th Street and Washington Blvd. in Kansas City, Kansas.
Boyd is described as a black male, about 5-foot-11, and weighs 160 pounds. Police did not have a description of what he was wearing before his family reported him missing.
Anyone with information about Boyd is asked to call the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office at 913-572-2861 during business hours or the case detective at 913-573-8072.