An Independence man who was found dead in a field outside Harrisonville earlier this year died of a drug overdose, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.
Citing a recent report from the medical examiner’s office in an email Tuesday, Capt. Kevin Tieman said Vincent J. Royal, who was 36, died as a result of acute methamphetamine intoxication. The manner of Royal’s death was ruled accidental.
The sheriff’s office said toxicology reports showed that Royal had 13,571 ng/mL of methamphetamine in his system. Tieman said according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a fatal level of methamphetamine is 2,500 ng/mL or more.
Royal’s body was found on April 18 in a field outside Harrisonville near East 278th Street and Missouri DD.
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Cass County investigators said they believed Royal was an occupant of a vehicle that fled deputies on April 4.
The sheriff’s office said a vehicle pursuit had began around 1 a.m. north of Peculiar on Interstate 49 on April 4. Authorities said the driver had lost control and crashed in the area at East 275th Street and Hayden Bridge Road outside of Harrisonville.
Authorities had said several deputies and a K-9 unit searched the area for Royal in the early morning hours of April 4 but didn’t find him.