The nearly three-week search for a 26-year-old man missing from Kansas City, Kan., is over after the man’s body was pulled from the Missouri River in Carroll County, Mo.
The Carroll County sheriff’s office identified Matthew Johnson as the man pulled from the river Monday. He was positively identified Thursday.
Officials in Carroll County did not say how Johnson died and referred questions to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department. Attempts to reach a department spokesperson Friday were unsuccessful.
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Johnson was among a group of people celebrating a close friend’s birthday on a party bus before he disappeared June 18.
He was last seen about 3:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Nearman Drive. His vehicle was found about a mile and a half away, near North 59th Street and Sewell Avenue.
Family members reported Johnson missing about 10 p.m. the day he disappeared.
Police in Kansas City, Kan., searched for clues in Johnson’s disappearance using drones, cadaver dogs and a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter.
One of Johnson’s friends, Dynikah Brown of Kansas City, Kan., said Johnson was a respiratory therapist at a hospital in North Kansas City.
“My heart is broken!! Matthew Johnson I love you so much,” Brown wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “This is a pain that runs deep! You have always been such an amazing friend to me and a beautiful person overall!! Ill cherish all the great times we had together. So glad I got to tell you I loved you when I seen you last. I’ll never forget you and I will forever love and miss you, true friendship last through it all!! Rest well Matthew!!”