Kansas City police on Tuesday released a 29-second video of surveillance of a man who may have information about the death of bar owner Mike Darby along the Indian Creek Trail.
Authorities cautioned that the man in the video is not considered a suspect and is someone who investigators said they believe has vital information in one of the four unsolved homicides that have occurred along the Blue River Trail and Indian Creek Trail.
Police have not released any other details regarding the video.
Darby, co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill, was reportedly walking his dogs when he was killed May 18. Police have not said how Darby was slain. On Monday, relatives announced the reward for information regarding the homicide had been increased to $5,000.
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“It is one more thing we have to cross off our list,” said Darby’s son, Brian Darby. “We are trying to identify this person so we can move on down to the next item.”
Police have said there are “obvious similarities” among the four homicides. Since last August, the victims who have been killed are all white men between the ages of 54 and 67. Three were walking their dogs on the trail system or close to it.
Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
David Lenox, 66, was found fatally shot in March just a few steps away from his front door at the Willow Creek Apartments near 99th and Walnut streets.
Timothy Rice, 57, was discovered fatally shot April 4 at a campsite on Red Bridge Road.
In August, a pedestrian alerted police after discovering the body of John Palmer 54, of Kansas City.
Earlier this month, the Kansas City Council approved an ordinance that requires all city parks and trails to close at midnight. Police have beefed up patrols throughout the parks system.
Brian Darby said he and others remain hopeful that the video will generate additional clues and information surrounding the slaying of his father and the other trail victims.
“The pain of not having answers is just brutal,” he said. “We want to get through this as quickly as we can. And quite honestly, so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”