Wyandotte County authorities said Tuesday that remains found at a lake near downtown Kansas City, Kan., were those of a missing Kansas City, Kan., man.
The remains of 61-year-old William Boyd Jr. were found on Aug. 11 at Big Eleven Lake at 11th Street and Washington Boulevard, according to the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said it was still investigating the circumstances, but said no foul play was suspected.
Barry Bennett, Boyd’s brother-in-law, said the family received the official word about Boyd’s death on Monday.
The family had remained hopeful that the remains where not that of the 61-year-old reported missing earlier in August.
“It’s been very hard, but we were somewhat prepared for it, but still praying it wasn’t him,” Bennett said.
Boyd, known as “Bucky,” lived nearby and was known to frequently visit the lake.
“To find your loved one that way is pretty hard,” Bennett said.
Funeral arrangements for Boyd are pending.
A memorial fund for Boyd has been set up at Community America Credit Union at 9777 Ridge Drive in Lenexa. He did not have life insurance, Bennett said.
“The family is trying to get everything together to see how we want to handle (funeral arrangements),” he said.