The body found submerged in a Northland pond has been identified as Robert Seth Walter, the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office says.
Walter was missing more than two weeks before his car was found Sunday in the pond.
His family on posted a note on Facebook thanking everyone who helped search for the 20-year-old Kansas City man.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Robert’s body has been found,” the post says. “It appears as though he had been in a horrible car accident. We appreciate all of your efforts, support and prayers. We will keep you up to date with information regarding service arrangements. We ask at this time that you allow the family time to grieve and find understanding in this tragedy.”
Walter, who vanished Aug. 3, last was seen near 17th Street and Madison Avenue in Kansas City. His parents quickly suspected something wrong, as he recently had been promoted at his job, had a college scholarship and was planing to move into a loft when he disappeared. They reported him missing and requested the public’s help looking for him.
A couple spotted the car Sunday afternoon in the pond near Route H and 100th Street in Clay County.
“Robert was an adventurous spirit and loved by many,” the posting says on the “Bring Robert Home” page on Facebook. “He is gone, but never forgotten. His legacy will live on through his friends and the work they will do for his favorite cause: gay rights.”