April 4, 2013

Prosecutor declines to file charges in Leawood man’s death

The body of Christopher McQueen, 27, was found badly burned behind a Lee’s Summit house last May

The Jackson County prosecutor has declined to file charges relating to the death of a 27-year-old man whose badly burned body was found in Lee’s Summit.

Lee’s Summit police had sought a charge for abandonment of a corpse.

The prosecutor declined to file charges because of a lack of evidence, a spokesman said Thursday.

Police announced that they had concluded their investigation into the death of Christopher McQueen of Leawood.

McQueen’s badly burned body was found May 7, 2012, behind a home in the 200 bock of Northeast Strother Road in Lee’s Summit.

The homeowner returned home and noticed tire tracks leading to the rear of the house. Fearing his home had been burglarized, he followed the tracks to a grassy, wooded area behind the home, where he found the body.

McQueen had been reported missing on May 6, 2012, when he failed to return to his home from working overnight.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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