Human remains that kayakers found along the Little Blue River over the summer are those of an Independence man who walked away from a hospital in February, investigators said Monday morning.
The remains of a hand and foot were those of Christopher Porter, 28.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said Porter, who had a mental disability, left Centerpoint Medical Center on Feb. 1. His cellphone was found on a bridge over the river less than a mile from the hospital.
Kayakers found bones from Porter’s hand north of R.D. Mize Road, near Necessary Road, on June 25. Eight days later, a fisherman found a shoe that contained human remains downstream from where the hand had been.
No other remains have been found. There was no indication how he died.
“We have no indication that any foul play was involved,” Sharp said. “All we know is that we have human remains.”