The father of a missing 7-year-old boy was charged Friday with child abuse while authorities investigate the discovery of human remains in a barn where the man lived.
Michael A. Jones, 44, the owner of a bail bonding business, was also charged Friday in Wyandotte County District Court with aggravated assault and aggravated battery stemming from a domestic dispute Wednesday.
His bond is set at $10 million, according to jail records.
Jones was arrested after police were called to an armed disturbance late Wednesday morning in the area of 99th Street and Hutton Road.
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As they investigated that incident, officers learned that a 7-year-old boy had been missing for “an extended period of time,” according to Kansas City, Kan., police.
Authorities on Friday said Jones had a 7-year-old son who is missing.
On Thanksgiving Day, officers following up that lead served a search warrant on nearby property in the 5200 block of North 99th Street and discovered human remains in a barn.
Wyandotte County prosecutors said the discovery was made at Jones’ last-known address.
Police are working with forensic experts to identify the remains, officials said Friday.
The family who lived at the property where the remains were found had moved into the rural Piper area about two years ago, neighbors said. Multiple children who lived there were home-schooled, and neighbors said they did not see them very often.
Authorities ask that anyone with information about the case call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
The Star’s Glenn E. Rice contributed to this report.