Authorities in Clinton County identified recently discovered remains as a man who has been missing since 2015.
The body of Donald Christopher Hadden was reportedly found Sunday in a ditch along Southeast Cannon Ball Road near Lake Arrowhead in Holt, Mo.
Hadden was last seen near the Zona Rosa shopping center in July 2015.
According to media reports, authorities in Clinton County announced Wednesday that Joseph D. Seward and Micah Wynes, both of Liberty, were in custody in connection to the case.
Seward and Wynes were charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, authorities said.
Hadden, who came to Kansas City to work a temporary contract job, was a 33-year-old divorced father of three.
In a profile by The Kansas City Star last year, Hadden’s mother, Leisa Hadden, said that in 2015 she traveled twice to Kansas City from Georgia to hand out fliers across the Northland and met with some of her son’s acquaintances.
In the piece, Leisa Hadden told a reporter her son had served in the second Iraq War and later had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
She also said that talks with those acquaintances unveiled a scenario of what could have happened.
In early July 2015, she said, her son joined at least two other men in driving around the Northland for several hours. After an argument, the car stopped at an isolated spot near the airport, Leisa Hadden told the reporter.
Her son and one of the other men got out.
“My son took off running and was shot several times,” she said. “Then the two boys drove off...”’
One of her theories, Leisa Hadden told the reporter, is that her son had been gathering information on his drug-selling acquaintances to later disclose to police.